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Scary Reasons Why You're Losing Weight Without Trying Anything

By Sravia Sivaram

It is quite natural for your weight to fluctuate during a year. A difference of a few pounds up and down is nothing to be worried about.

But if you lose about 5% of your body weight in less than six months, then this must be your primary concern.

It is high time to let your doctor know about this. There must be some obvious reason why you are losing a lot of weight all of a sudden.

If you're losing a lot of weight, without any change in your diet or even without any physical activity, then you need to worry about this sudden weight loss.

While a small change in weight is quite normal, a drastic decrease could indicate on an underlying condition, and hence you must know the reason for this sudden weight loss.

As a part of the World Health Day, we have gathered a list of some of the major reasons on why you're losing weight without trying anything.

Also read: Common Causes Of Sleep Disorder That You Must Be Aware Of

Continue reading this article to find out the reasons for the sudden unexplained weight loss.


1. Thyroid Issues:

Weight loss is a common symptom of hyperthyroidism. Hence, you really need to book a visit to the doctor to see if you experience sudden weight loss because of this. This is one of the top causes of sudden weight loss.


2. Gut Diseases:

Coeliac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder, can cause a drop in weight. Problems with the pancreas that produces enzymes that help with digestion can also lead to sudden weight loss.


3. Diabetes:

Diabetes can also lead to drastic weight loss. You may also notice that you're peeing frequently, this is because your body is giving out glucose as you can't absorb it. This is one of the top reasons on why you're losing weight without trying.


4. Depression:

Loss of appetite is a common cause of depression and this can promote weight loss.


5. Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can actually affect the person's appetite and this can lead to significant weight loss, as this could mess with nutrient absorption.


6. A Poor Diet:

Weight loss and not weight gain is actually associated with a greater risk of death. As you grow older, the stomach empties more slowly and makes you feel full for longer. This can lead to older adults eating less and losing weight drastically. This is one of the reasons for an unexplained sudden weight loss.


7. Cancer:

Tumour or ulcer in your stomach or intestines can cause inflammation or malabsorption issues that can lead to sudden weight loss issues. And hence this can be one of the reasons for sudden weight loss.

Story first published: Friday, April 7, 2017, 10:45 [IST]