Ask the Nurse

I am worried. I have weighed the exact same (from 209-216) for over 10 years. I am 5’10" and understand I am obese. The problem I have is I have dropped 4 dress sizes in the last two years, but lost no weight with out any improvement in the amount of exercise or a better diet. I am wearing clothes that I have had for ten years that are loose on me now that were tight on me. I do not understand what is going on. I have been told that as women age they expand around the hips and stomach but that is where my clothes are the most loose. No other part of my body seems bigger as nothing is tight now where it was not before. I am 35 years old and have never had kids. I just married and am looking to have a child in the next few years. I want to be healthy when we start to try. Any ideas on what I should ask my doctor about?

It seems that you had unintentional weight loss. This can be a sign of many things: including changes in metabolism and your endocrine system, cancers or even depression.

Please see your primary care doctor to address these concerns and get a full history and physical exam done. In the meantime, healthy lifestyle does include adding some aerobic and weight bearing exercise to your life and a healthy diet of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. All women of child bearing years should maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and take folic acid supplementation, at least 400micrograms daily which is present in most multivitamins.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

August 4, 2011 at 4:03pm