Causes of obesity | Mytime Active

The reasons why people become overweight are complex.

Changes in society, the way food is produced and the way we spend our time have made it very easy to gain more weight than is good for our health. Environmental factors and our genes play a part too.

Our jobs, our hobbies and the way we move from place to place often involve little physical effort. This makes it easy to gain weight, especially if we are eating a diet that is high in fatty and sugary foods.

People often don't realise that they are eating unhealthily. There's so much confusing information about which foods are healthy and which foods aren't, it isn’t surprising that many people find it difficult to eat healthily.

Losing weight in a healthy way involves changing diet and activity levels. Most people do not lose weight in the long term unless they change their eating habits as well as becoming more active.

Mytime Active's programmes empower children and adults to choose healthier foods and increase the time they spend being active to help them manage their weight and lead fitter, healthier and happier lives.