Psychiatrist Warns That Gaining Weight Is Not Always About Food  


I don’t eat much, but I wonder why I keep on gaining so much weight.  I feel frustrated each time I stand on my weighing scale and see an extra pound added.   The size of my waistline is increasing in inches every time I have to buy new clothes.   I wonder why this is so despite my food intake.   




I have tried exercise and almost every diet, but still, feel frustrated seeing that it never benefited me in terms of my continuous weight gain until I reached the point where I no longer cared about the way I look.  I have lost the energy to go out because I feel embarrassed about my big size.   Depression has eaten me up and my big size has made me hate my life. 

 When people hear that stress causes weight gain, they usually interpret it this way: People get stressed, so they eat more food (particularly sugary, fatty “comfort” food) to cope with their stress, and the extra calories cause them to gain weight. — Denise Cummins Ph.D.

Seeing the worse mood in me, my parents decided to bring me to a psychiatrist.  The psychiatrist talked to me and asked me why I suddenly withdrew from socializing with people.   I told the psychiatrist about my uncontrollable weight gain problems and how it started to worry me.   


My psychiatrist explained to my parents and me some possible reasons why a person keeps on gaining weight and why mental health is affected by it.  My parents could not believe what the psychiatrist told us.   It may sound weird, but analyzing what the psychiatrist told us, there’s truth to all those things.   There are hidden reasons why one may gain weight despite a healthy lifestyle.   


Hormonal imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, and the prescribed medications you are taking can cause you to gain questionable pounds.  And below are some more reasons which you will never think could cause your weight gain.  





People suffering from depressions are sometimes not aware that most antidepressant medications can cause an increase in our weight.  When you have depression and you’re taking medications for it, you may experience having a 5 to 15-pound weight gain.    

 We spend much of our time indoors and are exposed to natural sunlight much less than our ancestors. — Gregg Henriques Ph.D.

People with depression are more prone to gaining weight not only due to medications but due to eating more foods that are high in fat and calories, foods that we sometimes call as comfort foods.   Sometimes, because of the loneliness and feeling down, they cut down on their physical activities.   


Weight gain caused by depression medications can be fixed by slowly weaning yourself from the medicines and have your doctor put you on drugs with side effects that can cause you to lose weight.  If the cause of your weight gain turns out not to be the medications, binge eating or staying immobile, try to find some help or look for a person who can be your workout buddy or a support group that can help with your depression.    


Slow Metabolism  

It’s only natural that when you eat, you should have bowel movement hours or so later.   Being irregular in moving your bowel and dehydration could be the culprit in your excessive weight gain.  Try adding probiotics to your diet to help your digestive system work properly and be sure to drink enough amount of liquid to keep yourself hydrated.   


Vitamin Deficiency 

Decreased magnesium and iron or vitamin deficiency can alter your metabolism and lower your immune system. That being said, it will be harder for you to take on healthy lifestyle steps.   Boosting iron levels with red meat consumption and spinach and increasing magnesium by eating Brazil nuts or almonds can solve your deficiency.  For your vitamin D supplement, be sure to consult your doctor for him to give you the right dose of vitamin D that your body needs.   




Getting old is inevitable, and as you age, it is possible for you to have a slowdown in your metabolism.  Being unable to burn as much calorie as you used to when you were younger, it is possible for you to gain unnecessary pounds.  Try considering low-fat proteins in your diet and reduce your carbohydrate consumption.      


Musculoskeletal Condition 

Plantar fasciitis is one of the musculoskeletal conditions that can be the silent culprit of your unintentional weight gain.   Musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, knee and hip pain, and plantar fasciitis will force you to cut back on your activities and will make you more stationary.   Those are enough reasons for you to add unnecessary pounds on your body.  Be sure to visit your orthopedist to have the condition checked, and he can suggest modifications in your activities like substituting jogging with swimming.   

 Getting caught in the hamster wheel of life can lead many of us to start doing what we think we should be doing rather than making intentional choices that put our vitality, health, and happiness at the foundational core. — Deanna Richards, LMHC

It is necessary to stay healthy and live a healthy lifestyle, but let us not forget that there are things that are really beyond our control.  A professor of psychiatry says that whether it is a medication side effect, hormonal, or something else, often we put the onus on ourselves – and there are enough reasons for us to see our doctor for help.