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Was under weight, stressed, been gaining weight tremendously. Why?

I had a medical termination in June of 2011. At the time, I was under weight, due to stress. After the abortion, I continued to lose weight, because I was consuming maybe 300 calories per day. I am 5'2 and I got down to a dangerous 88 lbs. I don't believe I was anorexic, because I had no body image issues, I just couldn't force myself to eat from the stress. Eventually, around October of 2011, I started recovering from stress and began eating normally again. I was back to my normal 105 lbs by May 2012. In June of 2012, I started to eat a healthy low carb diet. I eat eggs and fruit for breakfast, a salad and lean protein for lunch. Dinner would change, but was mostly healthy as well. I began working out 2-3 times a week for 45 mins to an hour in June 2012, though I had never in my life set foot in a gym before that (I am currently 30). My problem is that instead of maintaining my 105, despite eating better and being more active than ever before, I keep gaining weight. I don't know what is happening to my body and I'm scared because I don't know when or if it will stop. I am currently 119 lbs, which according to the medical chart I researched online is 2 lbs from being overweight for my height. I'd like to know where this uncontrollable weight gain is coming from. Could it be related to the abortion? Or is it a response to my drastic weight loss in 2011?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Jun 2013
Hi there ~

Please do not be anxious about the weight gain. It is a normal physiological process. Do not also concentrate on the numbers too much, even though they are important. It will just raise your anxiety regarding the problem on hand, if there is one. I wonder if you have seen a nutritionist, since you so elaborately mention the kinds of meals you have been having. I understand that it might be a tough issue for you but checking with a nutritionist again might not be a bad idea. I would not attribute the issue to abortion or the drastic weight loss in 2011. I think it might be due to another unrelated issue in your life and you need to visit with a qualified psychologist or counselor for the same. I also advise you to visit with a psychiatrist qualified in eating disorders to be able to seek help for the issues you have been facing. I hope this helps.

Take care and have a lovely day!
Answered: Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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