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Sudden Weight Change



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.

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What Causes Sudden Weight Loss in a Young Individual? - Dr. Sanjay Panicker

Here is a list of reasons why a young person might experience a sudden weight loss, ranging from stress, to an undiagnosed issue with the digestive tract, or sometimes possibly something more serious.

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

“I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . .

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Unexplained Weight Loss

Unexplained weight loss, or losing weight without trying — particularly if it's significant or persistent — may be a sign of an underlying medical disorder. The point at which unexplained weight loss becomes a medical concern is not exact.

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Reasons For Your Weight Gain (8 Surprising and Often Missed Causes!)

Dr. Majd reviews 8 surprising and often missed causes of weight gain. Make certain to rule these medical causes out before you blame excessive intake and/or lack of exercise as the culprits.

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Is Unexplained Weight Loss a Sign of Cancer?

Many people associate unexplained weight loss with cancer. Though unintentional weight loss can be a warning sign of cancer, there are other reasons for unexplained weight loss as well.

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Dietary Changes to Stop Sudden Weight Loss - Ms. Sushma Jaiswal

If you have suddenly lost weight, here are a few nutrition-centered options to gain weight back in a healthy way.

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Does Cancer Treatment Cause Unwanted Weight Gain?

Weight loss is a common side effect of some cancer treatments. But sometimes, the opposite happens—and patients end up packing on the pounds instead of losing them.

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8 Medical-Related Reasons for Unexplained Weight Gain

Eating healthy? Working out? Still struggling with unexplained weight gain? One of these medical problems might be the reason.

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How to Gain Weight After Cancer Treatment - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber nutritionist Stacy Kennedy describes steps you can take to prevent excess weight loss and promote healthy weight gain during and after cancer treatment.

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Stress and Weight Loss: What’s the Connection?

For many people, stress can have a direct impact on their weight. Whether it causes weight loss or weight gain can vary from person to person — and even situation to situation.

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