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Obesity and Weight Management

Unexplainable weight gain

05/17/2007

Question:

im a 36 female i continue to gain weight . my level of activity and diet hasn`t changed ,im not on any medications .should i be concerned

Answer:

There are several possibilities that could explain why you have been gaining weight over time. One thing to look at is how gradual or sudden has your weight gain been. You may have been making slow changes in your diet and activity over time that you might not have even realized you were making. One thing that might help is to start keeping records of what you are eating and how much, as well as your daily activities and exercise. By becoming more aware of you activity level and what you are eating, you might be able to pinpoint some small areas you can make changes in that could have an impact on your weight gain.

If you have had schedule changes or increased stress, those could be a cause of changes in habits, which might be contributing to the weight gain. A good place to start would probably be keeping food and exercise records, at least a couple days a week, to become more aware of your habits and routine. From there, you might find small changes you can make.

You can always talk with your physician about your concerns. There could be medical reasons for the weight gain that you and your physician might want to look into, or he/she might be able to offer suggestions or refer you to a registered dietitian to help you implement some changes.

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Response by:

Angela Blackstone, RD, LD
Staff Dietitian
Center for Wellness and Prevention
Clinical Instructor
School of Allied Medical Professionals
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University