6 Causes of Gallstones

2. Weight

Weight can play a role in the development of gallstones for a couple of reasons. First, if you are overweight or obese, you’re more likely to develop gallstones in the first place. Many doctors believe this is because overweight and obese people have higher concentrations of cholesterol in their bile that solidifies into stones. But even thin people aren’t necessarily off the hook. If you’ve lost weight recently or are currently losing weight, you could be at increased risk, too. Quick fat loss forces your body to release more stone-causing cholesterol into your bile. The takeaway? Maintain a healthy weight to avoid gallstones, and if you need to lose weight, do it slowly and sustainably.