What Causes Obesity?

Possible reasons you keep getting bigger, and they have NOTHING to do with diet or exercise.

Regina Rodríguez-Martin
5 min readSep 30, 2022


In June 2021 I posted Eight Things That Affect Obesity. I’ve adjusted that list to include these factors that I believe are more likely to cause people to grow in size than what they eat or how much they move. In fact, I believe diet and exercise have been distractions from the true causes of size increase, and most of this doesn’t even occur to most American doctors.

  1. Hormonal Imbalance
  2. Infections, Parasites and Toxins When the body can’t get rid of things, it sometimes manages them by storing them in fat. It then has to hold on to the fat or else the bad stuff gets released into the body.
  3. Inflammation
  4. Medication
  5. Metabolism
  6. Gut Bacteria
  7. Digestive Enzymes
  8. Lipedema
  9. Lymphedema

Our American medical system doesn’t teach doctors to consider all these possible causes of someone being bigger. A regular doctor would talk to me about diet, exercise and maybe hormonal balance. For the most part, the American medical system doesn’t even have ways to evaluate and adjust the things on this list, so they pretend such causes have nothing to do with obesity.

What Is Lymphedma?

Last week I was diagnosed with lipedema and lymphedema. Edema means swollen, lipo is fat and lymph refers to the lymphatic system. Lymph fluid removes bacteria, malfunctioning cells and unwanted cell products from tissues and moves them out of the body by emptying back into the bloodstream via the lymph nodes.

When the lymphatic system does not drain lymph fluid from the tissues, the tissues swell up. If the swelling lasts longer than about three months, it’s called lymphedema.

What Is Lipedma?

Lipodema is a problem of fat storage. A quick internet search suggests it is defined solely by its symptoms (abnormal fat deposits, easy bruising, pain, loose skin). This doesn’t really tell us anything. Websites such as Web MD, Healthline and Lipedema.org offer no causes or cure rates for lipodema, but at least…



Regina Rodríguez-Martin

Mexican American. Chicagoan. Generation X. Relishes questions of human behavior. Nobody’s mother and nobody’s wife. Blog: https://www.reginachicana.com.