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Weight Loss Overview

What is weight loss?
A person with weight loss has a persistent decrease in weight, without dieting or increasing activity. Weight loss is uncommon in those who are not trying to lose weight. A person with dehydration may experience sudden weight loss. Unintentional weight loss that occurs gradually can be a symptom of a chronic underlying illness, such as cancer.

What are the symptoms of weight loss?
Symptoms of weight loss include losing more than 5 pounds in one week, or losing more than 10 pounds in 2-3 months.

How does the doctor treat weight loss?
The treatment for weight loss depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for weight loss may include eating a healthy diet, nutritional supplements, regular exercise, and medication that stimulates the appetite.

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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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