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A 29-year-old male asked:

What causes sudden rapid weight gain? im 29 years old and lately ive noticed ive gained weight rapidly. i weigh 180lb. is this normal for my age?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Depends on timing: You don't say what you mean by "rapid". Obviously, the main cause of weight gain comes down to diet and exercise, but this requres at least a few weeks to gain say 10-15 pounds. If "rapid" means several pounds in only a few days, probably it is fluid retention, for which there are many causes, including serious heart, kidney, or liver disease. If in doubt, see a doctor ASAP.

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Last updated Oct 29, 2018

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