When I’m Judged for Eating to Gain Weight Because of Gastroparesis

We are living in a world that is obsessed with weight, body types and sizes. It seems that everyone is trying to lose weight, but often those who are attempting to gain weight are overlooked.

I have gastroparesis, also known as delayed gastric emptying. Essentially, when I eat, food remains in my stomach too long, causes extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, and malnutrition. Stemming from gastroparesis, I also have SIBO, which is an overgrowth of bacteria in my small intestine, causing similar symptoms to gastroparesis.

Unfortunately, these GI disorders have caused me to have difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, and even resorted to me having an NJ feeding tube for a short period of time to help stabilize weight and labs. Though I am currently off my tube (due to complications from it), I still have difficulty gaining weight and am far from my ideal healthy goal weight. Because of this, I often am drinking nutritional supplements or eating high-calorie foods to try to maintain a few calories from what I am consuming.

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