Loss of appetite is a common problem that can have a range of causes. It can be a symptom of a medical condition, such as a virus, or it can be caused by psychological issues, such as depression. Whatever the cause, it can be an unpleasant experience and have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help people regain their appetite and get back to eating normally.
Causes of Loss of Appetite
Loss of appetite can have a number of causes, both physical and psychological. Common physical causes include a virus or other infection, side effects of medications, or a chronic medical condition. Psychological causes can include depression, anxiety, or stress. In some cases, the cause is unknown.
Treatments for Loss of Appetite
If the cause of the loss of appetite is physical, such as a virus or infection, the underlying condition should be treated first. Antibiotics or other medications may be prescribed to treat the underlying condition.
If the cause is psychological, such as depression or anxiety, counseling and/or medications may be prescribed to help address the psychological issues. Stress management techniques, such as yoga, meditation, and relaxation exercises, can also be beneficial.
In some cases, dietary changes can help to stimulate appetite. Eating smaller, more frequent meals, avoiding foods that are difficult to digest, and eating foods that are high in protein and fiber can all help to increase appetite.
Loss of appetite can be a frustrating and unpleasant experience. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help people regain their appetite and get back to eating normally. If the loss of appetite is caused by a physical condition, treating the underlying condition should be the first step. If the cause is psychological, counseling and/or medications may be recommended. In some cases, dietary changes can also help to stimulate appetite.
I Have No Appetite and Feel Sick When I Eat
Feeling nauseous, experiencing a loss of appetite, or both after eating can be very uncomfortable and concerning. An underlying health problem could be the cause. “No appetite and nausea after eating are common symptoms of a variety of conditions,” says board-certified internal medicine specialist, Dr. John Ellis.
When a person has no appetite and feels sick when they eat, the body may be having a reaction to food safety issues. Spoiled food, bacteria, and viruses in food, such as those associated with undercooked poultry or unsafe water used to rinse fresh fruits and vegetables, are all common culprits. Food sensitivities and food allergies can also cause an uncomfortable reaction.
It’s possible that anxiety or depression could be the cause. Dr. Ellis says “Emotional stresses and mood disorders can directly affect the way that the body processes food. For example, anxiety can cause a person to feel physically sick, which in turn could lead to a lack of appetite or generalized disinterest in food. It is important to get professional help from a qualified mental health professional if you are experiencing this type of nausea or loss of appetite.”
There are medical conditions that can also lead to: having little to no appetite, feeling nauseous, and being unable to eat without issue. Infections like severe flu and gastroenteritis can cause vomiting and nausea, leading to a lack of appetite. Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can bring on these symptoms as well. Hormonal imbalances, celiac disease, and even a stomach ulcer can be culprits.
If one experiences: a chronic lack of appetite, extreme weight loss, fatigue, or anything else that is considered concerning; they should consult their doctor. A qualified physician can properly diagnose the cause and prescribe the necessary steps for effective treatment.