Is this me?
Whether you are slim or bigger (even if you are seemingly overweight, you can still be malnourished), it’s not good to lose weight without meaning to. It’s easy for weight to drop off without noticing. Significant, unintended weight loss makes you more likely to get ill or have a fall and can slow down your recovery from illness or surgery.
Whilst some signs may be obvious, others may not be as noticeable:
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you noticed that you have lost weight?
- Have you dropped a dress size or do your clothes feel looser?
- Have you had to tighten your belt buckle an extra notch?
- Is your jewellery slipping off?
- Do you feel lethargic or more tired?
- Is planning, cooking and shopping becoming more of an effort?
- Are you finding it difficult to manage a tight budget?
- Have your dentures become loose?
- Has your appetite got smaller?
- Is chewing difficult?
- Is swallowing difficult?
- Do you cough and splutter when eating?
- Are you catching more colds or infections and find it takes longer than usual to feel better?
- Do you feel cold and can’t get warm?
- Do you feel dizzy sometimes?
- Have you noticed changes in your mood?
- Are you feeling down?
- Have you changed or been prescribed new medicines?
If you recognise these signs, it is time to take action. These can all be signs of unhealthy weight loss and that we might be at risk of becoming undernourished.