Painful mouth sores, mouth braces, or a loss of teeth that prevent you from eating normally
Note: This list may not be all inclusive
Practice moderation and maintain a balanced diet and exercise program. For weight loss caused by oral or dental problems, see the dentist. For weight loss caused by disease, follow your health care provider's prescribed therapy to treat the cause.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if:
An adolescent son or daughter has an unrealistic self-image and seems to be dieting too much.
You have lost more than 5% of your normal body weight over 6 - 12 months or less, and the weight loss cannot be explained.
Other symptoms have occurred with the weight loss.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
The health care provider will perform a physical exam and measure your weight. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:
Are you pleased or concerned with the weight loss?
The following tests may be done:
Psychological counseling may be recommended in cases where anorexia nervosa or depression is the cause of the weight loss. For weight loss caused by a chronic illness, tube feeding may be needed in order to maintain nutrition and prevent edema, poor healing, and muscle wasting.
You may need to see a dietitian for nutritional counseling.
Noel MB, Thompson M, Wadland Wc, Holtrop JS. Nutrition and family medicine. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 48.
David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.