Loss of Appetite Signs & Symptoms

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Food is a celebration. We gather for large feasts on holidays and schedule our days around meals. Time spent around the table as a family is precious. But when there’s a refrigerator full of food and a missing appetite, one of our favorite pastimes can disappear.

Losing your appetite can result in symptoms that you’d probably expect, like not wanting to eat, not feeling hungry despite going for a long period without food (fasting), and possibly unintentional weight loss. Other symptoms that might occur at the same time as loss of appetite include:

1. Feeling full after eating only a small amount.
2. Having a bloated stomach, feeling nauseous or having other symptoms of indigestion like heartburn/upset stomach.
3. Feeling fatigued and weak.
4. Having trouble concentrating and focusing or experiencing brain fog.
5. Trouble sleeping.
6. Constipation.
7. Swelling and fluid retention.
8. Mood changes, including low motivation and depression.
9. Developing a fever, having chills or experiencing body aches if you’re sick.

Will loss of appetite always lead to weight loss? It can if it persists for more than one to two days. If you temporarily lose your appetite due to something like emotional stress or an illness, chances are you will feel hungrier once you’re feeling better. This can lead to increased hunger for several days as you recover, so sustained weight loss is not very likely in this situation. On the other hand, if you lose your appetite for weeks or months due to an underlying physical or mental health condition, then weight loss is much more likely. For example, depression and inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) can cause decreased hunger that lasts for many weeks.

If you’ve lost your appetite due to a specific health condition, then you’re likely to experience many other symptoms besides those mentioned above. For example, it might seem counter-intuitive, but struggling with an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa can actually cause you to lose your appetite due to a slowdown in metabolism and changes in the digestive system. This can be very unhealthy because it leads to very low-calorie intake, causing deficiencies and changes in basal metabolic rate, heart health, bone density and hormone levels.

Sources & References:
www.buoyhealth.com
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image source: Pixabay Food is a celebration. We gather for large feasts on holidays and schedule our days around meals. Time spent around the table as a family is precious. But when there's a refrigerator full of food and a missing appetite, one of our favorite pastimes can disappear. Losing your...
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