Weight loss due to anxiety?

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daffodilrosedaisy Tue 01-Oct-19 21:48:44

Hi everyone,

Bit of a strange one here... last night for the first time in a long time I actually looked at myself properly in the mirror as I was getting into my PJs. Suddenly realised I’ve lost quite a bit of weight. Usually my pants dig into my hip fat a bit, and I put all of my weight on my tummy and hips - but this has more or less disappeared from my hips. I’ve never weighed myself regularly (haven’t in about 5 years) as my sibling went through a stage of worrying about her weight and I didn’t want to get obsessive. But I can really notice this difference just from the shape of my body (no more “love handles” although I hate that term).

My worry is that I haven’t been trying to lose weight... at all. At the moment I’m not really exercising at all, or eating very healthily (bad I know). The only thing I can think of is that my anxiety hasn’t been great recently, for the past 5 months or so I’ve had panic attacks and generally felt stressed and anxious, I know I’m tense as my shoulders/neck etc are always really tense, and I have had a few stressful events going on in addition (change of job, falling out with family member etc.). Does anyone else have experience of accidental weight loss because of this? Or should I be more worried and go to the doctors? I feel totally fine and healthy apart from my anxiety which I’ve had for over 6 years on and off.

Thanks for reading this far x

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daffodilrosedaisy Wed 02-Oct-19 09:11:55

bumping in the hope of a reply 😊

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user1471465525 Wed 02-Oct-19 21:10:18

Yes for me anxiety and weigh loss go hand in hand. I eventually went to my doctor who recommended mirap for anxiety and insomnia. It can also help with weight gain if you feel you are losing it through stress.

daffodilrosedaisy Wed 02-Oct-19 21:34:08

@user thanks so much for replying. It’s a relief to hear I’m not losing my mind, will keep an eye on myself but if I am worried I’m losing an unhealthy amount of weight I will deffo get my self down to the doctors thank you

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Marleyj8 Fri 10-Jan-20 23:22:51

Not sure if you are still around @daffodilrosedaisy but just wanted to say I've had a similar situation. My anxiety has caused me to drop weight before, as well as after pregnancy. How are you now?

Strictly1972 Fri 10-Jan-20 23:24:13

Yes definitely when I’m anxious i lose weight. Hope you are okay.

Marleyj8 Fri 10-Jan-20 23:29:05

@Strictly1972 I struggle to gain back the weight I've lost. I'm a size 8 but normally around a 12..Anxiety has lot to answer for


daffodilrosedaisy Wed 22-Jan-20 11:25:47

Thanks for checking in, yes my anxiety is a little bit better and I’m not losing weight so drastically though I still think I am a bit. Probably partly also from being so busy at work I keep forgetting to eat (rather than before when anxiety was awful and was eating normally yet losing weight). How are you both doing?

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NoSauce Wed 22-Jan-20 11:34:17

I would get it checked personally OP.

daffodilrosedaisy Wed 22-Jan-20 12:08:12

Thanks @nosauce

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blackcat86 Wed 22-Jan-20 13:16:38

I have found that I've lost weight when my anxiety is high but equally healthy eating and light exercise help my anxiety during these times so I probably try and look after myself more to even if not actively trying to lose weight IYSWIM. It can help to get it checked if you feel like it's a lot even only because I know I work myself up then thinking something more is wrong with me when it isnt. It's easy to underestimate the power of anxiety.

Marleyj8 Sun 26-Jan-20 14:23:29

@daffodilrosedaisy how is your weight now?
Hope you are OK.
I've lost 3lbs this week without trying, so annoying! Just so anxious which doesn't help.

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