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Weight problems are seen in either hyper- or hypothyroidism. Weight loss (often despite very good appetite) and weight gain (despite attempts to control it by strict dieting, or even with exercise) are the main manifestations of an overactive or underactive thyroid gland, respectively. They are related to the body’s inability to control the rates of metabolism which is largely regulated by thyroid hormones. Oftentimes, many people attribute weight problems to stress, anxiety or even normal aging process when, in fact, the problem is due to an unsuspected thyroid dysfunction (especially if the thyroid gland is not noticeably enlarged).
Whether it is weight loss or weight gain, other unsuspected illnesses e.g., malabsorption syndromes, or use of concomitant medications that must be ruled out.