BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuAppetite - decreasedLoss of appetite; Decreased appetite; AnorexiaA decreased appetite is when your desire to eat is reduced. The medical term for a loss of appetite is anorexia. Considerations Any illness can reduce appetite. If the illness is treatable, the appetite should return when the condition is cured.Loss of appetite can cause weight loss.Weight lossUnexplained weight loss is a decrease in body weight, when you did not try to lose the weight on your own. Many people gain and lose weight. Uninten...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Causes A decreased appetite is almost always seen in older adults. Often, no physical cause is found. Emotions such as sadness, depression, or grief can lead to a loss of appetite.Cancer can also cause decreased appetite. You may lose weight without trying. Cancers that may cause you to lose your appetite include:Colon cancer Ovarian cancer Stomach cancer Pancreatic cancer Other causes of decreased appetite include:Chronic liver disease Chronic kidney disease Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Dementia Heart failure Hepatitis HIV Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) HypothyroidismHypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. This condition is often called underactive thyroid....Read Article Now Book Mark Article Pregnancy (first trimester) Use of certain medicines, including antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, codeine, and morphine Use of street drugs, including amphetamines (speed), cocaine, and heroin Home Care People with cancer or a chronic illness need to increase their protein and calorie intake by eating high-calorie, nutritious snacks or several small meals during the day. Liquid protein drinks may be helpful.ProteinProteins are the building blocks of life. Every cell in the human body contains protein. The basic structure of protein is a chain of amino acids. ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Family members should try to supply favorite foods to help stimulate the person's appetite.Keep a record of what you eat and drink for 24 hours. This is called a diet history. When to Contact a Medical Professional Call your health care provider if you are losing a lot of weight without trying.Seek medical help if decreased appetite occurs along with other signs of depression, drug or alcohol use, or an eating disorder.For loss of appetite caused by medicines, ask your provider about changing the dosage or medicine. Do not stop taking any medicine without first talking to your provider. What to Expect at Your Office Visit The provider will perform a physical exam and will check your height and weight.You'll be asked about diet and medical history. Questions may include:Is the decreased appetite severe or mild? Have you lost any weight? How much? Is the decreased appetite a new symptom? If so, did it start after an upsetting event, such as the death of a family member or friend? What other symptoms are present?Tests that may be done include imaging tests, such as x-ray or ultrasound. Blood and urine tests may also be ordered.In cases of severe malnutrition, nutrients are given through a vein (intravenously). This may require a hospital stay.Open ReferencesReferencesMason JB. Nutritional principles and assessment of the gastroenterology patient. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 5.McGee S. Protein-energy malnutrition and weight loss. In: McGee S, ed. Evidence-Based Physical Diagnosis. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 12.Mcquaid KR. Approach to the patient with gastrointestinal disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 123.AllVideoImagesTogRelated Information Weight loss - unintentional(Symptoms) Review Date: 8/13/2020 Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.