Misdiagnosis of Underlying Causes of Overweight

About underlying conditions: With a diagnosis of Overweight, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Overweight. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Overweight. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis

Underlying conditions list: The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Overweight includes:

Overweight as a complication: Other conditions that might have Overweight as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Overweight as a complication includes:

Overweight as a symptom: Conditions listing Overweight as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions:

Underlying conditions discussion: Some illnesses can lead to obesity or a tendency to gain weight. These include hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome, depression, and certain neurological problems that can lead to overeating. Also, drugs such as steroids and some antidepressants may cause weight gain. A doctor can tell whether there are underlying medical conditions that are causing weight gain or making weight loss difficult. 1

1. excerpt from Understanding Adult Obesity: NIDDK

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