The answer is not a simple one but the short answer would be yes, as with anything. The stereotype is people with gastroparesis are underweight but that is definitely not always the case. There are many different situations that receive different outcomes.
One thing that comes into play with this is what caused the gastroparesis. If you coming from some sort of eating disorder or other serious medical condition background that caused or influenced your gastroparesis then there are tons of other factors such as what you are eating, if you struggle with occasional binging/restricting, or hormone imbalances.
Something else is are you totally inconsistent with your eating? This is very easy to do with gastroparesis. Some days the pain is horrible and you barely eat anything and then other days you feel okay and eat everything in site because your hunger catches up to you. This inconsistency can affect your hormones and metabolism resulting in weight gain and just the mental stress of being so out of balance. I think EVERYONE with gastroparesis should see a dietician (not a nutritionist unless they are very well versed in science) but if this is you I think it would be extremely beneficial.
Lastly, what you are eating. Is your gastroparesis diet consisting of rice cakes, white bread, sugar and fiber devoid foods? These foods are low fiber, low water and very high glycemic. I know how easy it is to eat these solely due to pain, but this foods are not nutrient dense and can affect your health in other ways. This post will be extremely helpful if this is your struggle….easy to digest healthier alternatives.
I hope this helps and gives you some insight. Make sure you build the support team you need and take care of yourself. ❤️❤️- Aubrey
What has your experience been with Gastroparesis?