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Question: teenage rapid weight gain


 meganwonka - Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:49 pm

Hi. I'm 16, 5'4", very active, and very conscious of what i eat, and how much i eat. I've been a cheerleader for 7 years, and a swimmer for 2 years. I go to the gym at least 4 hours a week. about 4 years ago, i started cutting out sweets, sodas, anything fried, or with too much fat. so everything is pretty much healthy. and i don't think i overeat... but still, within 2 years, i've gained 35-40 pounds. I'm so far overweight its just unbelievable to me. I try to be as healthy as possible, and as active as i can, but the weight will not go away.

I don't know if this has anything to do with it but, a few years back i was diagnosed with mild depression. I'm not sure if this could effect anything or not, i just need some answers as to what could possibly be going on...
 Dr. A. Rajput - Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:45 pm

User avatar Let us review some common factors associated with weight gain.

Age - At your age, many of them tend to gain weight. It could be reversible or irreversible.

Increase in caloric intake and Alcohol- Knowingly or unknowingly, one tends to eat more. Alcohol can also cause weight gain.

Decrease in physical activity level- Which doesn't seem to be an issue in your situation.

Medications:-

Steroids can cause variable weight gain

Antidiabetic medications are associated with weight gain.

Antidepressants- Many of the antidepressants medications are associated with weight gain.

Oral contraceptives are associated with wieght gain.

Depression and stress themselves are associated with increase food intake, knowingly or unknowingly.

Just to list some Endocrinologic disorders:-

Cushing syndrome
Hypothyroidism
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Hypogonadism

So to sum it up, weight gain could be due to a single or multiple factors. Last but not the least, having positive attitude towards life always helps. I tried to give you a rough idea but you need to see your doctor and the dietician regarding this. I am sure you will see positive results with time and proper counselling.

Wish you best luck.

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