Symptom: Weight gain
Weight gain: Gain of body weight.
Introduction: Gain in body weight can indicate various medical or psychological conditions or can arise socially from simple overeating. Obesity can arise independently or may be caused by an underlying condition. Any unexplained weight gain needs prompt professional medical advice.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Weight gain:
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Types of Weight gain: obesity (29)
Symptoms related to Weight gain: weight loss (120), poor growth (51), overeating (10), undereating (11), appetite changes (116)
Weight gain type of: Common symptoms (662), Body symptoms (150), Weight symptoms (132), Obesity (29)
Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions
Possible causes of symptom: Weight gain: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Weight gain as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.
- Various simple reasons for weight gain include:
- Eating more
- Normal growing infant
- Normal growing child
- Normal growing adolescent
- Appetite changes
- High-fat diet
- High-carbohydrate diet
- Excessive snacking
- Reduced exercise level
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Lifestyle changes leading to increased eating or reduced activity
- Quitting smoking
- Slowing of metabolism with aging
- Reaction to prior dieting
- Comfort eating
- Depressive disorders - some people eat more with depression or depressive disorders (some people eat less and lose weight instead).
- Compulsive eating
- Water retention - Your body may be retaining fluid rather than true weight gain.
- Certain diseases may lead to weight gain including:
- Certain hormonal conditions (type of Non-Contagious Diseases)
- Obesity - see also causes of obesity
- familial obesity
- Excessive hunger - see causes of hunger
- Beginning diabetes treatment - because a lot of sugar (calories) was previously lost in urine.
- Emotional conditions
- Cushing's syndrome
- Cushing's disease (type of Cushing's syndrome)
- Hypothalamus disorder
- Brain tumor
- Brain trauma
- Certain psychological disorder may lead to weight gain:
- Comfort eating
- Anxiety-triggered eating
- Depression-related eating
- Reactive hyperphagia
- Brain disorder causing increased eating (hyperphagia) include:
- Certain drugs
- See also causes of obesity and causes of excessive hunger
Medications or substances causing Weight gain: The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Weight gain as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
- Certain medications causing fluid retention or edema such as:
- Certain medications that may increase hunger such as:
- Certain tranquilizers
- Certain anti-seizure drugs
- Certain psychotropic drugs
- Certain schizophrenia drugs
- Certain anticolvulsants
- Certain salt-retaining drugs
- Quitting smoking
Conditions listing symptoms: Weight gain: The following list of conditions have 'Weight gain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
Conditions listing complications: Weight gain: The following list of conditions have 'Weight gain' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
Last revised: July 10, 2004
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