Overwhelming evidence of biologic predisposing factors appears to set this ethnic population up for failure in an environment that offers them seemingly little recourse to an "obesigenic
It is clear, however, that obesity is partly genetically determined, although these genetic and physiological influences must interact with an "obesigenic" environment (discussed below) to produce the epidemic levels of obesity seen today (Loos & Rankinen, 2005; Ravussin & Bogardus, 2000).
This so-called "toxic" or "obesigenic" environment is thought to provide a powerful set of contingencies that drive energy intake up, energy expenditure down, and make it extremely difficult to engage in effective weight loss and weight maintenance behaviors (Brownell & Horgan, 2003; Henderson & Brownell, 2004; Horgan & Brownell, 2002; Peters, Wyatt, Donahoo, & Hill, 2002; Poston & Foreyt, 1999).
In addition to the need for more research about parental knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and skills about food and nutrition, environmental interventions to combat the increasing effects of our obesigenic
Western society are obviously required and long overdue.
Is maternal psychopathology related to obesigenic
feeding practices at 1 year?
Elder, "Development and validation of a scale to measure Latino parenting strategies related to children's obesigenic
behaviors: the parenting strategies for eating and activity scale (PEAS)," Appetite, vol.
Recent research has demonstrated that sleep apnea, even in healthful weight people, is obesigenic. (2) Apnea even predisposes children ages two to four years to adult obesity.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with dietary obstacles such as sweet cravings, obesigenic fertility medications, bulimia nervosa, central adiposity, low cholecystokinin (a satiety peptide), and insulin resistance.