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How do other illnesses affect obesity?

Obesity can sometimes be caused by other illnesses and syndromes that affect eating habits and your metabolism. These conditions include Prader-Willi syndrome, Cushing's syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid malfunction, and arthritis. Medications like antidepressants, anti-seizure and diabetes medications, and steroids can decrease your metabolism and cause weight gain.

Besides these conditions, obesity can create some of its own problems. Illnesses and conditions caused by obesity include diabetes, irregular blood pressure and cholesterol, cancer, failure of some organs, asthma, and a variety of other complications.

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