Weight Gain Overview
What causes weight gain?
The most common cause of weight gain is overeating, which results in obesity. However, weight gain is more common in those who have behavioral disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorder. Weight gain occurs in those with diabetes or hormonal imbalances, such as menopause, hypothyroidism and Cushing's disease. Illnesses that cause the body to retain fluid, such as heart failure, kidney failure, cirrhosis, and preeclampsia, can cause weight gain. Weight gain may also be caused by a medication side effect.
What are the symptoms of weight gain?
Symptoms that may occur with weight gain include fatigue, difficulty breathing with exercise, and joint pains. When the weight gain is triggered by an illness that causes the body to retain fluid, additional symptoms include abdominal swelling, arm swelling (bilateral), and leg swelling (bilateral).
How does the doctor treat weight gain?
The treatment for weight gain depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for weight gain may include eating a low fat diet, regular exercise, and medication.
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