Weight gain following childbirth is likely to be an epigenetic phenomenon in susceptible women, Professor Joseph Proietto, an endocrinologist at The University of Melbourne, says.
“Thirty-five percent of women who have presented to our clinic have told us that their obesity started after pregnancy.”
Certain medications, such as antipsychotics and anti-diabetic medication have also been known to cause weight gain in patients.
“It has to be a combination of the drug and a genetic predisposition because not all patients given antipsychotics put on weight,” says Professor Proietto.
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