Can Obesity Trigger Hair Loss?

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If you are brainstorming on the effects of obesity on health, This is probably the last thing that comes to mind. However, recent studies create a reasonable correlation between hair fall and obesity.

So, if you are gaining weight and have felt that your hair has started thinning, Chances are that’s not just a hunch.

My family has a long line of men losing their hair in their mid-30s. I have pretty much seen the heartache a person goes through when they start losing their hair. In fact, Just exploring these studies on hair fall makes me shiver in fear.

Maybe I don’t have the genes like everyone else in my family, making me lose all my hair, maybe I don’t have to trim all my hair to make it appear like it was my choice to keep my head clean, However, I do have a poor lifestyle which periodically makes me gain weight.

And these few studies, with my long line of family hair problems, combined with me gaining weight, is not painting a pretty picture for the future, at least for me.

So, if you are facing a few problems with your hair and are curious about the relation between the two, Here’s what the study says:


Obesity and Hair Loss: Expert Opinion

The health of the hair is tied to your overall well-being. But still, this is a whole new level!

The study conducted by the Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University found that obesity can result in the depletion of hair follicle stem cells through the creation of certain inflammatory signals, which block hair follicle regeneration and can result in loss of hair follicles.

(They used a mouse model to examine the effect of a high-fat diet or genetically induced obesity on hair thinning.)

Another study on higher body mass and alopecia suggest that higher body mass index is associated with greater severity of alopecia in men.

So, obesity can result in hair loss. Moreover, Even if obesity was not linked directly with hair loss, It is still connected with several diseases, overeating, bad lifestyle, which generally result in hair loss and loss of well-being.

What You Should Do?

If you are gaining weight, the best thing you can do is take steps to lose it as swiftly as possible. You can consult a nutritionist/trainer for a proper diet and training routine.

If you have started losing hair, you can start by taking care of your hair by using better hair products, supplements, and consulting a Dermatologist to know what can be done to reverse the damage.

These actions may take time to translate into concrete results. However, there is a high probability that you will start seeing the good signs within a week.


Obesity is at the heart of many diseases, problems, and bad lifestyle decisions. Hair fall is just one of the many minor problems you can face. It’s safe to assume that losing weight and keeping your BMI in the healthy range is one of the wisest decisions you can make in your life.

However, weight loss will take effort, dedication, and time. So, If you decide to start your weight loss journey, don’t stop until you reach your goals.

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Hi, I am Rudra, a computer engineer, and a certified procrastinator. I started FitnessGained in 2018 to help me stay fit despite all my desk time. Now I run this blog as a hobby. Here at FitnessGained, I will share what I do to stay fit & more. Our motto is "Reaching True Potential with Effort."

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