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Secondary Obesity

What is secondary obesity?

Secondary obesity means that you have a medical condition that has caused you to gain weight. These diseases include endocrine disorders, hypothalamic disorders and some congenital conditions. While few patients fit into this category, it is important to get a clean bill of health before starting any new nutrition or exercise regimen.

What types of medical conditions can cause secondary obesity?

Some of the more common endocrine disorders include a deficiency in thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). There are also some rare causes of secondary obesity like Cushing's disease (hypercortisolism), hypothalamic injury or disorders, and genetic mutations. Your doctor can determine if you need to be evaluated for secondary obesity based on your medical history and a clinical exam.