The MGH Weight Center is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive care for obesity and its related medical problems. While the number of Americans affected by obesity has been increasing rapidly, so has the scientific understanding of the disorder. Obesity is a complex problem, caused by a variety of influences, which may vary between individuals. Important influences include diet, lifestyle, and mood, hormonal changes in the body, and also heritable, or genetic influences. While much has been learned about how these factors work together to affect body weight, there are many important questions left unanswered - among these are:
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