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Secondary causes

Secondary causes of obesity, while less common, include these:

Endocrine Disorders

  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Pseudohypoparathyroidism
  • Type 2 diabetes

Genetic Syndromes

  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Bardet-Biedel syndrome
  • Cohen syndrome

Central Nervous System Disorders

  • Hypothalamic Tumor
  • Trauma to or inflammation of the hypothalamic region


  • Drug induced - atypical anti-psychotics, tricyclic antidepressants
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa