A change in our appearance due to a sudden change in our weight can greatly affect how we feel, from our energy levels to our self-esteem and identity. Even if weight gain or loss is our goal, our body’s normal mechanisms for regulating our weight have healthy parameters: pushing our body too hard in either direction is usually a sign that something is dangerously out of balance and can have serious consequences. There are many ways that lifestyle changes, disease, or medicinal side effects can have these dynamic changes on our bodies, and it’s important to explore what might be happening and how we can restore balance to our systems.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.