Obesity Part 2

Praise the Lord, everyone!
 
In part one we described obesity, and what conditions you have that can contribute to obesity. Part two will discuss conditions that can cause you to gain weight, leading to obesity and issues.
  • Hypothyroidism: Weight gain ff your thyroid stops making enough hormones. It can also thin your hair, dry your skin, make you feel cold, tired, constipated, and depressed.
  • Depression: Due to high level of stress hormone Cortisol, it can cause fat to gain around the belly. Certain drugs for depression can also cause weight gain.
  • Insomnia: Lack of sleep can cause the body to create too much of the hormone Cortisol and insulin. This can add on the pounds, and also mess with the hormones that signal hunger to make you crave foods (especially those high in fats and sugar).
  • Menopause: Less estrogen during this time can add pounds around your belly.
  • Cushing’s Syndrome: When your adrenal glands make too much of the stress hormone Cortisol, it can add fat around the belly and neck regions.
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: This disease can cause women to skip periods, grow extra hair on face and the body, get acne, and cyst may grow on ovaries. There is no test that can tell you if you have this disease. Too much male androgen hormone causes this issue in women. You will also be less sensitive to insulin, a hormone that turns sugar into energy.
  • Congestive Heart Failure: When the heart doesn’t pump hard enough, sudden weight gain can occur. Weight gain of more than five pounds a week could mean it’s getting worse.
  • Edema: Body holds too much fluid.
  • Metabolic Syndrome: A collective group of conditions that occur together. This raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, and body fat are at unhealthy levels.
  • Steroids: Used to treat asthma, some types of arthritis, and other conditions. The higher the steroid dose and the longer you take it, you become extra hungry. This in turn can lead to overeating and weight gain.
  • Common Medicines: Some drugs can cause you to become hungry, some can cause you to slow down calories burned, some can even change the way your body absorbs nutrients. Some examples are birth control pills, anti psychotics, anti depressants, epilepsy  drugs, and beta blockers for hypertension.
  • Overeating: Stress, being lonely, and even being bored can cause you to eat too much. It can get out of hand if you’re not careful, and overeating can become a life long issue.
Saints of God, obesity can cause a lot of health issues and God wants us to be informed of this issue. Whatever you are dealing with, whether physical or emotional, don’t let it get out of hand. Some of the consequences of not taking care of yourself and becoming obese can be life long and debilitating. Be healthy and wise with yourself, see your doctor, and seek God.
 
3 John 1:2
 
Be Blessed