The fundamental cause of obesity is taking in more calories than you burn, but it is a bit more complicated than that. Other factors play a part in unwanted weight gain such as genetics, environment, social standing, behavioral concerns, and, above all, stress.
Overweight and obese people are not only at higher risk for depression and other mental health issues, but also many physical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
There are an infinite number of programs and medications to treat obesity and the conditions which result from the excess weight. Many of the programs and drugs recommended are expensive or come with unpleasant and even dangerous side-effects.
Cannabis or medical marijuana is gaining popularity for easing symptoms and conditions caused by obesity and even battling obesity itself. Of course, some people think smoking marijuana leads to reaching for the Fritos and ordering a large pizza, but that is an accurate stereotype.
Studies show that people who use marijuana habitually but in moderation have lower BMIs. In fact, male users have a BMI of 2.7% lower than non-users and females 3.1% lower.