America’s waistline is growing, but there are a variety of causes for weight gain.
Dr. Emily Cooper from Seattle Performance Medicine joined KING 5 in studio to talk about the relationship between weight gain and medical issues as part of our “Get Fit” series.
The warning signs that weight gain may be caused by medical issues are numerous and vary from person to person, Cooper said.
Here are the common warning signs that your weight gain could be a medical issue:
- Not satisfied after a normal meal - (you are hungry for more food)
- Don't experience normal fullness - (only when your stomach is extremely uncomfortable you know it's time to stop eating)
- Excessively hungry or constantly thinking about food and what you should eat
- Fatigue, low energy
- Excessive cravings of sweets or high fat foods
- Weight rebound after dieting or gaining trend (over long term even if there are short term losses)
- Past or present migraine headaches
- For women: Irregular periods or infertility
- For men: Low testosterone
- Low sex drive
- Darkening of the skin at the back of neck, armpits
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or high blood sugar
- Apple shape vs. pear shape (belly vs. hip fat)