involuntary weight gain

involuntary weight gain

Medtalk An unintentional ↑ in body mass Etiology Overeating, lack of exercise, poor eating habits–↑-carbohydrate, ↑-calorie diet, emotional factors–guilt, depression, and anxiety, social pressure, slowing of metabolism with age, drugs that ↑ fluid retention or abnormal pooling of fluids in tissue, smoking cessation, compulsive eating, alcohol consumption, hypothyroidism, drugs–eg, corticosteroids, cyproheptadine, lithium, OCs, tranquilizers, phenothiazines, TCAs. See Morbid obesity, Obesity.
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