The physiological effects of unipolar major depression often make people lose their appetites and drop weight. It may be difficult for you to eat, because food just does not look appetizing. If you try to force yourself to eat, it might seem tasteless and unappealing. Some people with major depressive illness find the very thought of food nauseating.
In our weight-conscious society, you may be happy to lose a few pounds at first, but the longer you continue to be depressed, the more weight you lose. It may not be obvious at first, but if your weight loss is extreme, other people will begin to notice that you appear drawn, sallow, and sickly. Fortunately, you will be back to your healthy self again after successful treatment.