Obesity can be influenced by your genes; however, there are a huge number of other factors that you can challenge to reduce your chance of becoming overweight. A good portion of weight gain is due to environmental factors such as overeating, poor food selection and physical inactivity. The obesity levels in Australia doubled between 1985 and 1997 and the rates of being overweight increased by 60-70%. These figures cannot be blamed on genetics, but rather our population’s poor lifestyle choices and increasing physical inactivity levels. Attaining your desired healthy physique ultimately comes down to a thorough and challenging fitness program and a balanced diet.