Posted by Michael Evans

Rapid abdominal weight gain may be a serious health issue. Although it may be triggered by poor exercise and diet, it could also be a symptom of the following medical conditions:

Thyroid Disease
- Hypothyroidism leads to a slowed metabolism and often results in weight gain
- An underactive thyroid also causes many people to retain salt and water, which can lead to rapid, abdominal weight gain

Cushing Syndrome
- Caused by an excessive release of the hormone cortisol
- One of the most common signs of Cushing syndrome is central obesity
- Cortisol leads to a release of glucocorticoids or steroids, which promotes weight gain

Liver Failure
- As liver function deteriorates, fluid called ascites accumulates in the belly
- The build-up of ascites can quickly lead to severe bloating

Ovarian Disorders
- Ovarian disorders can cause ascites as well
- Abdominal bloating and weight gain due to ascites can signal underlying ovarian 

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