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Dr. Ernie Ordonez
56 years experience Bariatrics
Sugar: Of course simple sugars, fats like fried food and inactivity.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Fluid retention?: Some medicines can stimulate appetite and / or cause fluid retention which would show up as swelling of the legs. Many overweight people think they ha ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Ye: Get. Checked out for polycystic ovarian syndrome or low thyroid. See your doctor for help.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Discuss with doctor: Hi, it isn't always clear if this is due to the medication, the nature of the illness, or if people eat more when they begin to feel better. If ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Excess food: The short answer is, when caloric intake exceeds caloric expenditure. In other words, eating more food than is needed. Rarely, very rarely, it may be ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Wigneswaran
25 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Weight gain: Many possibilities but more common would be excessive eating, thyroid abnormalities, heart failure, renal failure, excessive protein in the urine- it' ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Possible reasons: This is a great article about reasons for unintentional weight gain: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003084.htm
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Thyroid : Is the first thing to think of. Hormonal problems, increase in calories and decrease in activity. Metabolic syndrome...To name few. See your doctor t ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Eating too much: In the absence of uncommon medical problems or fluid retention, the only reason for rapid weight gain is rapid and excessive eating.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
Pregnancy and : A multitude of other conditions. See a doctor for a physical exam.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Wt. loss: Metabolic causes such as abnormal thyroid, medications such as stimulants, emotional such as depression.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amanda Stream
14 years experience Critical Care
Many things: The list is virtually endless and may be different for each person. In general however, foods high in sodium can lead to water retention as can high ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
36 years experience Bariatrics
Steroids mostly: Steroids (prednisone, decadron, (dexamethasone) etc) can cause rapid increase in weight due to increased hunger. Some antidepressants cause mild incr ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Anderson
27 years experience Gynecology
All Foods: The same foods that cause weight gain in the rest of the body. Most of the breast is just fatty tissue.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience Pediatrics
Lots of things: Please see your doctor about this right away. The possibilities include some form of chronic disease be it intestinal, thyroid, cancer, depression, e ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Only temporarily!: Sweating causes weight loss because sweat is water, and water weighs 8 pounds a gallon. However, if after sweating, a person doesn't drink water to re ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Sudden weight loss: There are many medical conditions that can cause sudden weight loss. For example and over-active thyroid, stomach and bowel issues, and the list goes ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
35 years experience Psychiatry
Not extreme: Though many of the antidepressants can cause some weight gain, it is usually not extreme. In my experience, mirtazepine (remeron) is most likely to ca ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Weight loss: The role of antioxidants play in weight loss is that they provide the body with the nutritional support it needs to keep it strong and energized durin ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Prozac (fluoxetine): It originally was introduced as being weight neutral, but there are exceptional cases where we see weight changes either up or down.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Not usually: Hydrocephalus does not usually cause weight loss. It can cause headaches which may blunt appetite or cause vomiting which can result weight loss.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: The retained fecal matter can increase the weight of the body.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
Stress can cause : Weight loss or weight gain. It varies for different people. Some people lose their appetite when stressed others overeat . It is probably connected to ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience Pediatrics
Lots of things: Please see your doctor about this right away. The possibilities include some form of chronic disease be it intestinal, thyroid, cancer, depression, e ... Read More

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