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November 17, 2018 - Welcome Guest!

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Unexplained Weight Gain


In the past two months - I have gained about 12-15 lbs. I have been exercising regularly, eating okay (not good, not bad). I am always thirsty and have regular headaches (which I NEVER had before). I also have trouble concentrating.

Do you know what could be wrong? I am not doing anything different - can you tell me what I should be doing to lose the 15 lbs and get back to normal again?

Buffy (31 year-old woman)


Dear Buffy,

I would definitely suggest going to see your doctor and telling him/her your symptoms. You could take a pregnancy test if there is a possibility that you may be pregnant. It is important that you not ignore these symptoms as they are a signal that something is not right. Increased thirst is one of the symptoms of diabetes, and although that alone is not enough to make a diagnosis, your doctor can do some tests to figure out what is causing your weight gain, headaches, thirst, and difficulty concentrating.

You used the heading "eating disorders" . . . if you have an eating disorder, go get help from an inpatient program or outpatient therapist. Eating disorders can cause significant harm to your body over time, and addressing the problems at the root of an eating disorder will help you build a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Good luck


Susan Maroto, LCSW

This question has been answered by Susan Maroto. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working out of Mount Laurel, New Jersey. She uses an eclectic approach to holistic healing, mind-body relationships, life transitions, depression, and anxiety.

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