About 7 to 10% of premenopausal women have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). This can cause as much as 40 pounds in weight gain. However the majority of women who suffer from it don’t know this at all. They believe that their weight gain is due to other factors. However, there are some other tipoffs to look for, which include more facial hair, thinning of regular hair, irregular periods, severe acne and fertility problems. It isn’t known what it is about PCOS that makes women put on weight, unfortunately.
A lot of overweight people like to say that they probably have hypothyroidism. If that is the case, after all, they can receive treatment and miraculously lose weight. However, an underactive thyroid does not generally cause people to be seriously overweight, even if the thyroid functions at impaired levels. Hypothyroidism usually only accounts for about 5 to 10 pound in weight. However, this may just be the exact 10 pounds you are trying to lose, so it can be important to recognize the other symptoms. Look out for brittle nails and hair, feeling cold and having dry skin.
We carry a lot of water around with us, most of which is absolutely necessary for our functioning. However, sometimes we carry excess water with us, which makes us look and feel swelled up. Considering every liter of water weighs one kilogram, this means it is quite a significant amount of weight. To see whether it is fat or fluid, push your finger inside an area that looks swollen. If you see a dent that stays for a second or so, it is likely to be fluid. Generally, this is an inconvenience and not something to worry about. However, get it checked because it could be liver problems or kidney failure, as well as a number of cancers. Check for loss of appetite, significant fatigue, low urine and a large belly, even if there is no weight gain, as these could all be signs of diseases that cause weight gain.
This is incredibly rare, but still possible. Women in particular may develop a tumor in their stomach that actually causes it to knot. Very often, these tumors are completely benign and are caused by accidental swallowing of tissues that cannot be digested or processed by the body (including teeth).
There is quite a large range of medications that can cause weight gain. These include:
• SSRI anti-depressants, with which it is such a common side effect that there may be cause for concern if you don’t put weight on.
• Anti-diabetes drugs, which is ironic since type 2 diabetes is often caused by being overweight.
• Oral contraceptives, although medical professionals will continue to deny this (but women know better).
• Steroids, which make people put on huge amounts of weight, causing swelling and other disfigurement. Steroids are often prescribed to those with serious asthma attacks, or those with cancer.