Common "Anorexia" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Anorexia is a common symptom present in various medical conditions ranging from less severe fever or common cold to deadly cancer. Hence the cause for anorexia must be identified and corrected. Failure of the same leads to nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, weight loss, anemia, energy loss, etc. Decreased appetite is known as anorexia. It can also be due to stress and other psychological disorders like depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, anorexia nervosa, etc. Central nervous system stimulants like Amphetamine, Nicotine, Cocaine, etc., and narcotics like Morphine, Heroin, etc., also cause anorexia.

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"My friend has a fear of gaining weight from eating. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My friend is 20 years old. She always admires her beauty and avoids eating food as she is afraid that she will put on weight. She looks very weak. Is she suffering from anorexia nervosa? What are the effective strategies for managing anorexia nervosa? How can individuals, families, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. It is concerning to hear about your friend's behavior. She may be suffering from anorexia nervosa, a serious eating disorder characterized by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted body image. However, a proper diagnosis can o...  Read Full »

My sister has been suffering from anorexia nervosa. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My 22-year-old sister has been struggling with anorexia nervosa, and it has been challenging to see her go through this. I am seeking advice on how to support and help her through this difficult time. What are some effective treatment options available for anorexia nervosa, and how can I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I am sorry to hear about your sister's struggle with anorexia nervosa. It is appreciable that you want to support her through this tough time. Some effective treatment options include cognitive-behavioral or family-based therapy, nutritional cou...  Read Full »

I am having loose motions, vomiting, and feeling very weak. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, For the past six days, I am not feeling to eat food, but I am hungry. I am eating only one meal. From yesterday, I have had loose motions and vomiting. I am feeling very weak. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. As per the information you shared, you must be suffering from acute gastroenteritis. This is the infection of the gut. It is due to this you do not feel like eating. I saw the photograph attached (attachments wer...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of my 16-year-old cousin's eating disorder?

Query: Hello doctor,I am concerned about my 16-year-old cousin who appears to be exhibiting signs of an eating disorder, specifically anorexia nervosa. She has been displaying worrisome behaviors related to food and has noticeably lost weight. Given her age and the sensitivity of this issue, I am seeking a...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I am very sorry about your medical condition. Do not worry, I am here to take care of your cousin. Anorexia nervosa is a psychological disorder that causes inability to eat leading to weight loss and the potential hea...  Read Full »

I am struggling with anorexia nervosa. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 25-year-old female. Nowadays, I have been experiencing symptoms such as extreme weight loss, a preoccupation with food, and an intense fear of gaining weight. I am deeply concerned about my physical and mental health and believe that I may be struggling with anorexia nervosa. Wha...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. You may have anorexia nervosa. It can even lead to major depressive disorder, and anxiety disorder. It will lead to nutritional deficiency if it continues for a long time. If you have chronic malnutrition because of it, then it may lead to...  Read Full »

What causes elevated levels of CA-19 tumor marker?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding the significance of an elevated CA-19 tumor marker. I recently had one and that came back as 43 (per laboratory should have been under 34). I do not have cancer and I am wondering what else could cause this elevation? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Pardhan Rajesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to CA 19-9 (cancer antigen) is a tumor marker, but it can be elevated in healthy individual. It can be elevated in benign conditions like pancreatitis, cirrhosis, thyroid disease and inflammatory bowel disease. It can be elevated in various gastrointesti...  Read Full »

How to manage anorexia and loss of appetite?

Query: Hello doctor, My elder brother is recently suffering from anorexia and loss of appetite. His blood sugar level is normal and BP is normal too. Grade 1 fatty changes in liver, renal calculi 3.1 mm in size in right calyx, 216 mg of cholesterol and serum TG is high. What will be the remedy for this?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fatty liver associated with high cholesterol in case of your brother. Can you tell me how much triglycerides level is increased? Lifestyle modification is needed for fatty change. Udiliv (Ursodeoxycholic acid) tablet can be prescribed. Take low fatty foods, fruits ju...  Read Full »

My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My friend is 24 years old. I think she suffers from anorexia nervosa as she is very keen on maintaining her weight without taking enough food needed for her body function. What are the possible causes and triggers of anorexia nervosa? Are there genetic, psychological, or environmental f...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation. Anorexia nervosa is common in teen girls. It can be due to an abnormal perception of their own body, and may have a history of bullying her in school for her body weight. Because of social media and mobile generation, people start comparin...  Read Full »

My CT scan report revealed I have autism. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having memory issues and issues typing on my phone, like forgetting words. I am under a lot of mental stress, and I have anorexia. I have had a CT scan which revealed I have autism, and I have been told not to panic. Is there a structural change in my right temple region? Coul...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Considering the history and development of new symptoms like memory issues, forgetting words, and typing problems, as well as the presence of a structural abnormality in your right temporal lobe, I suggest you to u...  Read Full »

My friend with anorexia feels guilty. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. She is 20 years old. A few months back, she starved for almost three months. From there, problems started. Now, she has a fear of food. After eating, she feels guilty and quits eating. Her mood fluctuates often and she feels anxious. She fe...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You should try to follow the below lifestyle to deal with it. These are non-pharmacological steps that will help you. 1. You should exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes like at least going for a walk. 2. You should...  Read Full »

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