smoking.In the developed countries, obesity is more prevalent among people in the lower socio-economic strata where as, in developing countries, obesity is a problem moreseen within the higher socio-economic strata.
Psychotic Drugso There are four major groups of drugs which can cause obesity: Benzodiazepines,Lithium, Antidepressants, Antipsychotic drugs Estrogens Corticosteroids Insulin Sulphonyl urea agents (used in treatments of diabetes)
PregnancyThe increased demand for energy and the heightened metabolic activity of the body on account of the drastic hormonal changes, predispose pregnant women toweight gain and obesity. Women are known to gain as much as 12 to 16 kilosduring pregnancy. TumorsTumors arising in the brain like craniopharyngeomas -> which is a non-malignanttumor, most commonly occurring in children (5-15 age group) and presenting withobesity, lethargy, poor memory and recurrent headaches. Endocrine disordersDisorders affecting the hormone producing plus secreting glands of the body arecalled endocrine disorders.o Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome -> a condition where a woman¶s sex hormonesget out of balance. There is an abnormal increase in the production of the malehormones (androgens) causing obesity, irregular periods, acne, hair loss from thescalp but increased body hair etc.o Underactive thyroid disorder -> can cause obesity inspite of loss of appetite.o Cushing¶s syndrome -> a disorder in which the body produces excess cortisolsresulting in obesity along with other symptoms of fatigue, weakness, facialflushing, round (moon) face, etc.