Weight gain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose weight gain, we could:
|Diabetes II||5%||Ruled out|
|Male Menopause||4%||Ruled out|
|Low Estrogens||2%||Ruled out|
Has your weight increased significantly for unknown reasons in the past year? Do not answer this question if the weight gain is from consuming too many calories or getting too little exercise.
Possible responses:→ Don't know / not applicable
→ No / minimal change
→ 5% to 10% / moderate weight gain
→ 11% to 20% / major weight gain
→ Over 20% / very great weight gain
The American Cancer Society has confirmed through study that users of artificial sweeteners gain more weight than those who don't use the products, further undermining the supposed "purpose" for the existence of aspartame in food. The major selling point of aspartame is as a diet aid, and it has been demonstrated that the use of this product actually causes people to consume more food. Normally, when a significant quantity of carbohydrate are consumed, serotonin levels rise in the brain. This is manifested as a relaxed feeling after a meal. When aspartame is ingested with carbohydrates, such as having a sandwich with a diet drink, aspartame causes the brain to cease production of serotonin, meaning that the feeling of having had enough never materializes. You then eat more foods, many containing aspartame, and the cycle continues.
Weight loss can indicate uncontrolled diabetes, while weight gain suggests an increased risk of getting it.