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Can anxiety and depression from a break up be a cause of weight loss?

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Last Updated: 07/31/2018 at 9:40pm
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Anonymous
May 28th, 2015 7:21am
Yes. Anxiety and depression from a breakup can be a cause of weight loss due to the lack of interest for anything other than your emotions, however you should try to stay positive and be healthy.
ResilientFlower
February 13th, 2018 9:26pm
Certainly. Someone who is experiencing anxiety and depression may find their appetite has decreased and that they no longer desire to eat or have no energy to make meals. Weight change (loss or gain) is a common symptom of depression.
GiedreSi
August 10th, 2015 5:56pm
Yes, it can. Both anxiety and depression (each on their own) can cause appetite changes (both increase and decrease it), which is the main cause of weight loss when experiencing those issues. Anxiety suggests an increased level of stress hormones in your body, which can manifest into uncomfortable physical sensations, such as feeling "a lump" in your throat, light nausea, or a sense of fullness in the stomach; all of these are likely to defer you from ingesting food. One of the hallmarks of depression is anhedonia (or the inability to feel pleasure from otherwise pleasurable activities), which can quite literally "take all the taste out" of your favourite chocolate bar. In this case, it does not matter as much what the causes and contributing factors to the anxiety and depression may be, what matters is how these conditions affect your physical body and psychology.
Anonymous
December 28th, 2015 7:44am
Yes and no, but missing that person can cause depression and sometimes weight loss, I think most people get weight loss but everyone is diffrenet
JohanDwanian
May 9th, 2016 8:57pm
Sure it can. Anxiety and depression can leave you feeling too tired or drained to do anything.. You can also lose your appetite and eat less. I would recommend exercise and a healthy diet for weight loss though.
Anonymous
January 16th, 2018 8:21pm
It could. Getting the feeling of anxiety and depression can cause a loss of appetite which can lead to weight loss. Always have to remember to eat something small so your body can regenerate and not shut down. If you stop eating it can actually make you gain weight because then your stomach will store and eat at the fats.
Anonymous
July 31st, 2018 9:40pm
Yes. A lot of people abstain from eating when they are upset or agitated. It's okay to be sad for a little while, but don't let the sadness or loss of confidence lead to an unhealthy reaction like and eating disorder. Remember that you are still and amazing individual with or without this person, and taking care of yourself will be much more beneficial to you in the long run.
Anonymous
January 9th, 2015 3:07pm
Yes, it happened to me so I know from experience that it can. You should also see a therapist or a doctor about this.
kmeryman
January 9th, 2015 3:37pm
Absolutely, even if you are not trying to lose weight the stress on the body can often make you lose pounds
shiningDay13
March 18th, 2015 7:19am
Anxiety and depression affect people in different ways, but yes, it can cause weight loss, as well as weight gain, due to the sufferers neglecting themselves by either under-eating/starving or over-eating. Please remember to eat. When you're not physically healthy, it makes it harder for you to feel mentally healthy.
TheDude83
March 26th, 2015 9:18am
Anxiety can indeed lead to weight loss, it causes next to mental stress also physical exhaustion and leads to depression. Due to the lack of motivation you can also lose appetite not to mention trouble sleeping. When suffering from anxiety and depression it is important to keep a regular eating schedule, make it a routine even to keep some energy. A good balanced diet can also help to overcome anxiety, or at least give the power to get started.
CoffeeTeaAndHonesty
April 1st, 2015 5:18pm
It most definitely can; during times of great distress and depression, you may experience one of two changes: (1) you eat more to compensate for your lack of energy, causing you to gain weight, or (2) you eat less due to your lack of appetite, causing you to lose weight instead.
ScreenNamesAreHardToChoose
April 5th, 2015 4:03pm
Not directly (obviously), but anxiety and depression from anything can very commonly cause one to lose appetite, which in turn causes weight loss.
gentleMemory65
April 16th, 2015 3:56pm
Yes i do emotions have a effect on how we react and what we do and the reason for the break up can also be the reason
DipityEnigma
May 10th, 2015 12:54pm
Any anxiety and depression can cause weight loss along with multiple other issues. If you're worried about your health, always consult your GP.
RideMikeRide
May 24th, 2015 1:53am
A break up can cause both anxiety and depression, either of which might quickly result in a loss of appetite (caloric intake). Over time, given consistent physical activity (caloric output), this can lead to dramatic and unhealthy weight loss.
originalLion57
June 4th, 2015 11:00pm
Yes, it can be that you've got appetite changes and that can have an effect on your weight. Not wanting to eat or wanting to eat more as a way of comfort can have a lot to do with depression and dealing with a break up.
Love2smile
August 31st, 2015 4:39pm
I think it does! Sadness can definetly effect your eating habits and therefore cause weightloss! Hope this helps.
Anonymous
February 2nd, 2016 5:52am
Depression and anxiety from any cause is known to sometimes result in weight loss. Decreased appetite is a symptom of both depression and anxiety (though increased appetite is also seen in depression), and can result in not eating enough without even realizing it, resulting in weight loss.
WiselyBlue
April 12th, 2016 11:25am
Personnaly when i'm anxious i'm never hungry and it leaded me to lose weight. Love stuff does this on me as well. It s normal :) You should work on how to manage anxiety and it would be alright for sure, for this time and for the other issues that you ll probably have to face.
Oscarthecat3
August 30th, 2016 10:00am
Potentially. Anxiety and Depression often involves the symptom of loss of appetite, If the symptom progresses, and you eat less, as a result; It could be argued that the depression and anxiety that you are experiencing is a plausible factor for you loosing weight.
HelloitsBee
March 7th, 2017 2:14am
Definietly, sometimes if a partner continuously picked on weight causing depression- weight loss can be an effect of it
Anonymous
December 5th, 2017 1:23pm
yes, it can. But if you are feeling like that only after this break up, maybe it is not necessarily depression or anxiety, but stress which also may cause weight loss.
Missingperiodsandcommas
April 10th, 2018 2:01pm
Simple answer- yes. That being said a lot of things can factor into weight loss and it's not uncommon for weight gain to be linked to a breakup/stress. However if you've noticed rapid decrease in wait I'd always suggest seeking medical opinions just to be on the safe side. Weight fluctuates for most people so if it's only a few pounds here and there I'd hazard a guess to say it's within the normal range. Keep an eye on it. Try to resist the urge to skip meals or even binge for comfort. Healthy habits will help you through rough patches.
SupportiveSockMonkey
April 17th, 2018 7:14pm
Yes it can, any severe distress can cause weight loss as the body is burning more calories to sustain the high levels of stress.
PebblyRiver
June 4th, 2018 7:36pm
From my personal experience, these are definitely common causes of weight loss. After something as difficult as a breakup, we often enter a state of depression- this is completely normal (unless this depression persists and worsens overtime or interferes with your performance in work/school or your personal relationships. In this case, it is best to seek help). When we become depressed, we lose interest in things that we once enjoyed doing. This can also mean neglecting our needs such as personal hygeine- and eating. You may just not be in the mood for eating because of how sad you are. This can cause weight loss. On the other hand, it could also cause weight gain for some people. When we are depressed, we often seek solace in things like watching TV, sleeping, and eating. Depression weakens us, and things that will benefit you- like exercise and healthy eating- will not necessarily be something you are interested in. So it is understandable that you will not make the best choices for your health. People often find comfort in eating junk foods, which can cause them to gain weight.
Anonymous
June 26th, 2018 1:04am
Yes, this is possible. Depression and anxiety can lead to weight loss due to a decreased appetite. Although there are other possibilities for it as well. Consulting a doctor could be helpful.
Anonymous
July 9th, 2018 11:41am
I think that it all depends on the person and that there is no specific answer, but if you have then you are not the only one
Anonymous
July 10th, 2018 2:38pm
Yes, but if you are losing a lot of weight fast, please see a doctor. Anxiety and depression can also be caused by other things.