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Hormonal obesity: its causes and how to get rid of it

Hormonal obesity
Hormonal obesity

The issue of hormonal obesity has become a topic of great resonance in the medical field, given the vital role of hormones in regulating the body’s vital functions, and any imbalance in the level of these hormones can negatively affect body weight.

In this article, we will be keen to learn about these hormones and how they can be controlled so that they do not cause us excessive obesity.

What are obesity hormones?

Obesity hormones are a group of hormones that play an important role in regulating weight and storing body fat.

The most prominent types of obesity hormones

The body secretes a large number of hormones, and there are a large number of them, as any disturbance in them leads to an imbalance in the storage of fat in the body and may result in excessive obesity and the most prominent types of these hormones are:

Thyroid hormones

Thyroid hormones play an important role in regulating the body's metabolic rate, and thus can affect body weight and the occurrence of excessive obesity in some cases and the thyroid gland secretes the hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which play a major role in regulating metabolic processes in the body.

1. Hyperthyroidism: If the secretion of thyroid hormones increases, the body’s metabolic rate increases, which leads to increased energy consumption and burning calories more quickly, however, this increase in metabolic rate can lead to increased appetite and food consumption, which can contribute to weight gain and obesity.

2. Hypothyroidism: On the contrary, if there is a deficiency in the secretion of thyroid hormones, the metabolic rate decreases and the body becomes less effective in burning calories and this can lead to increased fat storage and excess weight.

Insulin hormone

Insulin also plays an important role in regulating appetite and feelings of hunger, as when the level of insulin is high in the blood, it can reduce appetite and increase satiety, reducing the amount of food a person eats, however, in some cases, repeatedly high levels of insulin in the blood may lead to insulin resistance, a condition characterized by cells not responding adequately to the action of insulin, increasing the risk of obesity, diabetes and other diseases.

Cortisol hormone

 One of the most prominent causes of obesity is hormones, as cortisol also plays a role in the metabolism and distribution of fat in the body and when cortisol levels are abnormally high for long periods, this may lead to increased fat storage in the abdominal area in particular, as this is considered a contributing factor to weight gain and obesity.


 This hormone has a role in effects on fat distribution, as well as effects on appetite and effects on physical activity: Testosterone may affect energy levels and muscle strength, which may lead to a reduction in physical activity and exercise, and thus increase the possibility of fat accumulation and the occurrence of obesity.

How can obesity be treated with hormones?

Treatment of hormonal obesity depends on the hormone causing obesity and the exact reasons behind weight gain and here are some steps you can take to address hormonal obesity:

 Doctor consultation


 Playing sports

 Good sleep

Drug treatment

Hormonal therapy

Here we have reached the conclusion of our article in which we talked about hormonal obesity and what are the most prominent hormones that cause this type of obesity, as we also reviewed the most prominent treatment methods. 

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