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Some people are more at risk for excessive weight gain than others. Are you one of them? If you overeat and don't work out, chances are you're going to gain weight. But other factors also come into play, like genetics, metabolism and what's in your environment. And while it’s true that some of the reasons you gain weight are beyond your control, it doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to life in the fat lane, slurping soda pop and inhaling the chips while channel-surfing for your fave TV reruns. 

In the battle of the bulge, it helps to be armed with the information you need to see if you're at risk for excessive weight gain. See the questions below to find out your risk.

1. Are you under 25 years old?
2. Were you an overweight child or adolescent?
3. Are one or both of your parents overweight?
4. Do you sit or relax more often than you move around?
5. Do you believe that eating fat-free or low-fat food means that you can eat more of it?
6. Do you eat out often -- especially fast food?
7. Have you quit smoking in the last year?
8. Are you taking antidepressants or steroids?

If you’re female:

1. Did you start menstruating earlier than age 11?
2. Have you never had a child?
3. Do you have more than three children?
4. If you had a child, did you gain the bulk of your pregnancy weight in the first trimester?
5. If you had a child, did you gain more than 35 pounds during pregnancy?

A yes answer to any of these questions indicates that you may be at risk of excessive weight gain. 


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