Causes for Sudden Weight Gain

Ever wondered why all of a sudden some women who have been lean and slim for all their life become overweight or obese, in just a short span of time? What could possibly be the reason for such sudden gain in their weight?

Gain in body weight can happen due to a range of medical, psychological or habit related reasons. Let’s take a look at some of these reasons:

Medical reasons

Women, by and large, gain a lot of weight during pregnancy, after delivery and while breastfeeding. This is perfectly normal, and in most cases the weight gain problem, resolves on its own.

Being on certain drugs like birth control pills, antidepressants and mood stabilizers can also lead to sudden weight gain. Individuals suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma or wheezing or such other chronic illnesses are often given steroid based medicines, which generally cause sudden weight gain.

If you are affected by thyroid abnormally, sudden weight gain is quite expectable. This happens mostly when your thyroid is under active, which leads to hypothyroidism, and thus your body cannot exhaust the fat received in the diet. This results in fat deposits in different parts of body like stomach, thighs etc.

At times people may look plump due to swelling up of the body parts, because of fluid retention. This condition is known as Edema, and in this case the weight gain may not be as much as the gain in inches.

Psychological reasons

Stress is often cited as one of the prime reasons for weight gain. Besides this, anxiety and depression also plays an equally major role. They boost the production of the hormone called Cortisol which slows down metabolism and causes the fat to deposit all over the body.

Women, in general, tend to overeat when they are stressed or depressed. Also most people skip out on their regular exercise routine and other physical activities which lead to a calorie pile on, when they are depressed.

Habitual reasons

Smoking, drinking or drug abuse can all be blamed for sudden weight gain. Having fast food and junk food, also add on to this list of weight gain. It has also been observed that people who have had an active life like dancers, sports persons and actors, tend to put on a lot of weight when they retire.

Sidharth Thakur