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Weight Health

What is weight health?

Weight health is something that you may hear your doctor talk about every time you have an appointment. Obesity has become a major problem in the US and doctors are all too fond of reminding us of the many health problems associated with it. But losing weight can also be a cause for alarm.

What causes unexplained weight loss or gain?

Any unexplained change in your weight should warrant a trip to your doctor as it may be the symptom of another disorder. If frequent changes in your weight are common for you, you may have a problem with your thyroid gland which controls, among other things, the rate of your metabolism.

Weight gain that is not due to an increase in calories or a decrease in physical activity may be the result of an endocrine problem or some other change in your body chemistry.


Obesity is the most common weight health problem. For many years those who were terribly overweight were told to eat less and exercise more. As medical knowledge grew, the reality was that often genetics had as much to do with a person's weight as lifestyle did.

Can any complications arise if left untreated?

If your problem is that you cannot keep enough weight on, there is likely a problem with your hormones or your digestive tract. Either way, if left untreated you may begin to suffer the effects of malnutrition, including organ damage and weakened immune response.

If being overweight is your problem and you do not find a way to lose weight, either by adjusting your diet and exercise routines, or by seeing a doctor for diet pills, you may develop a host of conditions. These may include:

  • Heart trouble
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Circulatory problems
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke

What medications treat weight problems?

If low weight is your problem, the solution may be medication to slow down your thyroid gland with medications like methimazole. If obesity is the problem, then diet pills, like phentermine, designed to both curb your appetite and speed up your metabolism may be the answer.


Unexplained weight loss - Mayo Clinic

Possible Causes of Unintentional Weight Gain - Healthline

Thyroid Diseases - MedlinePlus

Consequences of Obesity - CDC

Common medications may include

Anabolic Steroids
Anti-Obesity - Melanocortin 4 (MC4) Receptor Agonist
Antiemetic - Cannabinoids
Antineoplastic - Progestins
Appetite Stimulants - Progestin Hormone Type