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The Top 8 Major Causes Of Poor Appetite

Appetite is the desire or anticipation to eat and in some cases, is caused by hunger. There are times when appetite becomes lower than normal and in such cases, this is referred to as poor appetite. An individual with a poor appetite will have no desire to eat, even when hungry.

Poor appetite can be caused by different things, ranging from emotional events in one’s life, to certain health complications. We’ll be sharing with you below, the top 8 major causes of poor appetite:

1. Fever                                                                                                                      FEver

Any form of fever at all, can cause a lack of appetite. There are several health complications attached to this, such that the desire to eat is sometimes totally gone.

2. Heart disease                                                                                                                                                                                    heart diseas

Heart disease weakens the muscle of the heart (myocardium) and the sac that surrounds it (pericardium). This affects the flow of blood to the heart and eventually affects the appetite. The weaker the heart, the poorer the appetite becomes.

3. Cancer                                                                                                                                                                                               cancer

Loss of appetite happens to be one of the side effects of cancer, and often when there is a loss of appetite without any warning or other probable cause, cancer may be the culprit.

4. Depression                                                                                                                                                                                       depressed

Depression affects one’s behavior, thoughts, and actions and is also likely to affect one’s general mental and physical health. The effects of depression on appetite really depend on individual personalities. While depression could cause some people to gain a lot of appetite and eat for comfort, it could also cause some others to have a poor appetite.

5. Anxiety                                                                                                                                                                                             anxiexy

Anxiety and appetite can be closely linked together. A few examples of this are stage fright and social anxiety, among many others. The stress from feeling anxious could lead to a loss of appetite and such individuals might be unable to eat at that particular point in time.

6. Emotional upset                                                                                                                                                                             Emotional Upset

This is a very common condition we all come across at one point or the other. Sometimes, it stays with us longer than we expect it to. People in this situation might find it difficult to eat.

7. Fatigue                                                                                                                                                                                             fatigue

Fatigue can also be referred to as a feeling of exhaustion or tiredness that can result from an illness or simply from working too hard.

8. Trouble swallowing                                                                                                                                                                       trouble swallowing

Trouble swallowing is medically known as dysphagia. It is a condition that has to do with defects in the mouth and oesophagus that may have resulted from an infection or inflammation. Some conditions associated with it are: Coxsackie virus infection (causes blisters in the mouth), oral cancer (causes mouth sores), esophagitis (inflammation of the lining of the esophagus), mouth burn, and many more.

Due to the extreme difficulty involved in swallowing, there’s a high tendency for people suffering from this condition to lose their appetite.


A poor appetite will prevent one from eating and sometimes, it can’t even be solved by eating one’s favorite meal. This condition, if not taken care of, can also lead to several complications such as abnormal weight loss, fever, ulcer, and many more.

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