When Should You Be Concerned About Weight Loss?

Aug 11, 2021

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I will argue that weight loss is not good.  The focus should be on the changes that took place that caused that result; it’s a matter of whether those changes were good or bad (healthy or harmful).   Anything done in a bad way cannot yield a good result. Getting an A on a test is not good if you cheated to get the grade.  Would you praise someone for losing weight if you knew they were harming their body in the process, or if it involved them being mentally overtaken by a dangerous and potentially fatal psychological disorder?

Important factors to consider/keep in perspective:

  • Was weight loss necessary? Did the weight loss result in improvement in their health or did it result in health complications (digestive issues, sleep disturbances, psychological issues, Weight loss) is not necessary solely based on the classification from a BMI chart- are there health conditions such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, and intracranial hypertension that might show improvement with weight loss.
  • How the weight loss was achieved (disordered such as eliminating vital/beneficial foods or food groups or in a moderate, balanced way)
  • The rate/degree of weight loss (extreme vs gradual) – define criteria for mild, moderate, and severe malnutrition
  • The age of the person: it is not advised for children under the age of 12 to lose weight because their bodies are still developing and growing in height. Weight loss or even decreased rate of weight gain in childhood can result in stunted growth and the child not meeting their full genetic growth potential. Once the child’s bone plates are fused, there will not be an opportunity for catch-up growth and they could be permanently shorter than they are meant to be.
  • Did the weight loss result in any health problems (either physical, mental, or emotional problems)?

Written by Krista Godfrey, MS, RD, LMNT

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