Unexplained Weight Loss

Published: January 06, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I am a 15 year old teenager and have been experiencing unexplained weight loss. I have lost about ten pounds in one month(I used to weigh 107 and now weigh 97). It started when I stopped eating like always for about a week, but quickly started eating normally after losing so much weight. Two weeks after that I weighed myself again and have not gained a single pound. I have not changed my routine and am not doing any exercise due to a sprained ankle, so I really do not know where this weight loss and inability to gain it back is coming from. Strangely enough, I do not look thinner; I look the same as I was before losing weight.

Dear Unexplained Weight Loss,

TeenHealthFX is concerned about your statement, “It started when I stopped eating like always for about a week.” Not eating for a prolonged period of time then going back to a normal diet is not healthy. If this has been a cycle for you then it is possible that it could be related to your fluctuation in weight. Eating regular balanced meals is critical to a growing body.

Because of your concern about your weight loss and your irregular eating habits TeenHealthFX strongly recommends that you see a doctor. Your doctor will be able to give you a specific answer to your question as well as educate you on the importance of good nutrition.  

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside of this area check with your insurance company for a referral to a physician.

Signed: TeenHealthFX