Now that the holidays are over, there are limited excuses to pardon weight gain. New Year resolutions to shed pounds are only as effective as understanding the initial culprit(s) that cause the weight gain. Globally, the Western World is affected by a massive battle with the bulge. Sure, we’re all guilty of pointing figures to external factors, particularly during the frigid, holiday season when “blubber” is our method of swaddling in warmth. Yet instead of blaming Old Man Winter this year, we should really understand the reasons why our generation is packing on the BMI, rather than burning it away.