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Which medical problems could be affecting your weight?

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Medical conditions make it tougher to slim down. Some things that could be causing your weight problems are:

Some medicines can also deal a blow to your efforts to drop some pounds. For instance, you might have trouble losing weight if you take drugs for:

If you have one of these conditions and weight is a problem for you, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to change your medications.

  • Eating disorders like bulimia
  • Heart disease
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Sleep disorders like sleep apnea
  • Allergies
  • Birth control
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • High blood pressure
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

From: Why Can't I Lose Weight? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dong, F. , February 2014. International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Metabolism Myths and Facts," "What Is Vitamin D?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What it Takes to Lose Weight," "What You Should Know Before You Start a Weight Loss Plan."

American Psychological Association: "Stress and Eating."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid and Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Does When You Eat Impact Your Weight?" "Losing Weight with Sleep Apnea."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Putting the Science behind Exercise -- Workout Smarter, Not Harder."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Tips for a Healthy Breakfast," "Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain."

Vitamin D Council: "New study suggests vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight people," "Am I deficient in vitamin D?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Dong, F. , February 2014. International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Metabolism Myths and Facts," "What Is Vitamin D?"

American Academy of Family Physicians: "What it Takes to Lose Weight," "What You Should Know Before You Start a Weight Loss Plan."

American Psychological Association: "Stress and Eating."

American Thyroid Association: "Thyroid and Weight."

National Sleep Foundation: "How Does When You Eat Impact Your Weight?" "Losing Weight with Sleep Apnea."

Obesity Action Coalition: "Putting the Science behind Exercise -- Workout Smarter, Not Harder."

University of Wisconsin Health: "Tips for a Healthy Breakfast," "Sleep Deprivation and Weight Gain."

Vitamin D Council: "New study suggests vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight people," "Am I deficient in vitamin D?"

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 13, 2017

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