Medical Conditions Leading to Weight Gain

Updated at: Feb 01, 2013
Medical Conditions Leading to Weight Gain

Medical Conditions Leading to Weight Gain- There are many medical conditions that can lead to weight gain. Even though experts suggest genetics to be mainly responsible for the conditions like obesity but certain medical conditions can be responsi

Editorial Team
ObesityWritten by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Jul 05, 2011

There are many medical conditions which can cause, follow from, be aggravated or correlate with obesity. The reasons for obesity are multiple and complex. Despite conventional wisdom, it is not simply a result of overeating. Research has shown that in many cases a significant, underlying cause of morbid obesity is genetic. Studies have demonstrated that once the problem is established, efforts such as dieting and exercise programs have a limited ability to provide effective long-term relief.


Some of the medical conditions that can cause or exacerbate obesity are


Metabolic Syndromes


Metabolic syndrome is a common pattern in the body's overall metabolism. Typically, a person will have four nasty ailments of obesity, hypertension, high lipids (cholesterol, triglycerides), and diabetes.




It is a common of thyroid disease. It occurs when the thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism include low metabolic rate, tendency to weight gain, somnolence and sometimes myxedema.


Cushing’s syndrome


It is a hormone disorder caused by high levels of cortisol in blood. Symptoms include rapid weight gain particularly of the trunk and face sparing the limbs.


Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)


A disease of the ovaries in women that has various impacts on female hormones. As the name suggests, the disease is caused by frequent cysts on the ovaries. Overweight and obesity are some of the few complications of PCOS.


Prader Willi Syndrome


A syndrome characterized at birth by the lack of spontaneous movements and protective reflexes, thus giving an appearance of severe brain damage.


Profound hypotonia may cause asphyxia. Sucking and swallowing reflexes are absent or decreased. This phase is marked mainly by mental sub normality, delayed growth and motor development, speech defect, lack of emotional control, voracious appetite leading to obesity, hypotonia, hyperlaxity, delayed bone maturation, and multiple orofacial and other disorders. There is a tendency to develop diabetes mellitus and cardiac failure in some patients.


Mental Retardation, Depressive Disorders and Frolich’s Syndrome are a few other medical conditions that may cause excessive weight gain.




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