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Introduction to loss of appetite

There are many things that can lead to a loss of appetite. A person can lose their appetite do to excessive dieting or even to a very drastic weight loss, but it can also be caused by many other things.

Some may seem trivial but they should not be taken for granted either while there are other causes that are a lot more serious and can be related to a dangerous illness or medical condition.

Causes of loss of appetite

There are numerous things that can lead to a loss of appetite and some include fatigue and exhaustion, constipation, anorexia or the common called. Others are related to digestive problems, such as nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Other very common reasons a person loses their appetite include stress, depress, fever, anxiety and emotional or hormonal instability.

Disease like hepatitis, kidney infections and pneumonia can also lead to a loss of appetite.

Emotional issues such as mood swings can also cause a person to stop eating.

Other disease and problems that can lead to a loss of appetite include ulcers, food poising, a lack of zinc intake in the body, yellow fever, lymphoma, sinus infections, migraine headaches and even pregnancy, which is when a mother-to-be should be eating the most because she has to eat for two (or more) people at this stage in her life.

A loss of appetite can also be contributed to serious health problems like HIV or cancers and it can also be caused by a number of medications.

Stress is a major reason for people losing their appetites. Stress can make a person stop wanting to eat altogether, however, in other cases, stress can also cause people to binge and overeat.

Not eating can sometimes be an early symptom of a serious type of cancer such as stomach, kidney, liver or pancreatic cancer.


It is important to get a lot of exercise when a person is not eating because this will improve the metabolism which will make a person want to eat more.

When a person’s loss of appetite is caused by a fever, a good thing to do is to eat raisins mixed with a little bit of salt and black pepper.

If the loss of appetite is being caused by stress or depression then it is important to talk to a therapist to sort out the problems and mental issues that are causing the person to lose their desire to eat.

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