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Many people face appetite problems. The symptoms may differ from person to person in terms of intensity and duration. Sometimes they last for just a few moments, while other times, the duration may stretch for agonizingly longer periods. If the state of being hungry but not wanting to eat is stretched over a long period, it can result in emotional, physical, and mental health issues. It’s important to learn about the possible causes of lack of appetite so you can overcome them and take good care of yourself.

5 possible reason why you may be hungry but don’t want to eat

  1. Stress

While most of the stress symptoms are associated with mood or emotions, it can also cause physical disturbances, including increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, sweating, and loss of appetite. Anxiety disorders can also result in digestive issues, such as nausea and diarrhea. If these disturbances are short-lived, you don’t need to worry much. However, if they stretch for longer, they can cause dehydration, malnutrition, and reduced life expectancy. Finding ways to tackle stress can help you control your lack of appetite and other anxiety symptoms.

  1. Dehydration

The increased need for water can cause nausea, headaches, tiredness, and lack of appetite. For most people, it may happen during hotter months. When you lose excessive body water through sweat, you may feel you are hungry, but, at the same time, may not want to eat.

  1. Depression

We all have bad days and feel sad. Depression or sadness for longer periods can lead to the absence of appetite. Depression is a real illness leading to life-ending decisions. If you are feeling sad, please talk to a friend or family member or consult a psychiatrist, it will help.

  1. Viral Infection

Cold or flu can make you feeling less fond of food. For example, a congested nose may affect your sense of smell, making you less likely to eat.  

  1. Medication

If you are hungry but don’t want to eat, can be a result of any medication you might be taking. Some medicines can hurt your appetite.

If you are facing a loss of appetite, we can help. To schedule an appointment with Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center, call us today at 281-357-1977.

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