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Can Anxiety Make You Lose Your Appetite, Really? Sunnyvale Eating Disorder Therapist Explains Natural Phenomena

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Last updated on July 11, 2020

Can anxiety make you lose your appetite?

The answer is a definitive yes, although you will probably ‘regain’ your appetite in a binge later on.

First, the link to the video I mentioned about 4 steps to cure binge eating is here below:

binge eating

For another external resource on understanding this dilemma, search here:

Now … let’s get to it.

Stress makes blood go away from your stomach.

Think fight, flight, or freeze. Stress is an indicator to your body that DANGER is around the corner.

When you are in danger, your blood goes AWAY from your stomach and to your legs so you can run.

This is a simplified example, but basically the blood goes away from your stomach.

When the blood goes away from your stomach, guess what, you can’t feel your hunger.

Can anxiety make you lose your appetite?

Have you ever felt stressed out one day and didn’t feel hungry for hours at a time?

Perhaps you went 12-16 hours without food and didn’t even notice it!

Yet then, your body needs to play catch up.

Stress can make you lose your appetite, but then your appetite will catch up.

Let me know what you think.

For more info, please check out my other post titled Is My Stomach Working Correctly Because I Never Feel Hungry What’s Wrong With Me?

Please try this short 8 question quiz to see if you have Binge Eating Disorder.

You’ll be asked about the 8 main clinical criteria used to medically diagnose. 


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