health conditions


Question by  griffinej5 (49)

Can stress cause weight loss?

I have been losing weight in the recent past and am under a great deal of stress. Are the two related?


Answer by  traumatised (3285)

Yes, the two can be linked, if stress induces depression. There could also be an underlying cause, especially if your diet has not changed. Please talk to a doctor or counsellor about ways to reduce your stress, and get a general check up to rule out other issues.


Answer by  anneb (123)

Yes, stress can cause weight loss, but more than likely stress will cause a person to gain weight because their body is in survival mode, which induces energy storage.


Answer by  Tammy (585)

Absolutely. Everyone copes with extreme stress in different ways, some people overeat, some people stop eating, and some people turn to substances. Weight loss is a side effect of stress.


Answer by  ashleyhd (13)

It's all about psychology. When you are in stress you won't feel hungry and automatically you will lose weight. So be happy.


Answer by  John (9008)

Stress often causes weight loss. When people are under lots of stress, they will commonly forget to eat. Also, the body tends to get less efficient at everything (including processing food) when under stress. Everyone is different, and some people have the opposite result, but stress can cause weight loss.

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