Weight Management (cont.)
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What Affects Your Weight?
Genetic makeup—what you inherit—plays the biggest role
When we say "genetic makeup," we're talking about everything you inherited from your ancestors, from the color of your eyes or the shape of your toes to the way your brain works and the way your body stores fat.
Your genetic makeup has a very big effect on your weight. It affects:
Nutrition—what and how you eat—also affects your weight
The average American meal contains too many calories. It also contains too much saturated fat, cholesterol, animal protein, salt, alcohol, and sugar.
It can be hard to make healthy food choices:
For more information, see the topic Quick Tips: Cutting Calories.
Physical activity—how much you move—is the third factor that affects your weight
Being physically active is an important part of staying at a healthy weight.
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