Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about obesity.

Does obesity run in families?

Some risk factors of obesity can’t be avoided, unfortunately.

Your family history can increase your risk of obesity because the disease does run in families, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

However, your genes aren’t the most worrisome risk of obesity. Your upbringing can be a much bigger problem.

The way your family raises you – what foods you were allowed to commonly eat, the importance placed on physical activity, and how you saw these behaviors modeled – has a bigger influence on your likelihood of obesity than your genes, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) doctors.

Talk with your doctor for more information about whether obesity runs in families.

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Source: Mujeeb Siddiqui, DO, Premier Metabolic and Bariatric Associates; Registered Dietitian Laura Vikmanis, Premier Metabolic and Bariatric Associates; C. Joe Northup, MD, Premier Weight Loss Solutions; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center