30 Reasons Why You're Getting Fat

These foods and habits turn on your fat-storage system, setting you up for a bigger belly.

Belly fat. It's a living, squirming parasite inside of you that's out to ruin your life.

Gross. But true.

This visceral-fat creature wrapped around your internal organs is eager to grow and create mischief. We now know there are specific factors that contribute to the growth of visceral fat: a poor diet; chronic inflammation; and a genetic propensity toward visceral fat storage that's been triggered by the previous two factors.

Once your fat storage system is turned on, you're set up for a bigger belly.

And the switch might be tripped by things you do every day and would never suspect are undermining your flat-belly efforts. Here are 30 of the reasons why you're getting fat.