Derick Dillard: Photo of Jill Duggar's Husband Sparks Concern Amongst Fans

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As you probably know, 2015 was a difficult year for the Duggar family, so it's not surprising that Jill Duggar-Dillard decided to close things out by paying loving tribute to her husband with a simple, scandal-free selfie.

Or so she thought. Unfortunately for her, nothing has been going according to plan for the Duggars lately:

Dillard, Jill M. and Derick

The mother of young Israel Dillard posted that picture last week with a caption that reading simply, "I [heart Emoji] my hubby."

The image garnered lots of attention, but not because of Jill's typically sweet romantic sentiments.

Many fans pointed out that Dillard's appearance has changed considerably since his and Jill's wedding in April 2014.

In turn, the comment board on Jill's Instagram page quickly became a place to diagnose Derick and debate the cause of his drastic weight loss.

“He looks anorexic,” one fan commented.

“His face is gaunt and his eyes are sunk in."

"Compare wedding day photos with this photo," another member of Duggar Nation weighed in after seeing the image.

"Definitely something wrong.”

“Did he have a stroke or something?” wrote another. “Even on their 3 episode special he had some weird stuff going on with his face.”

Was there? 

Theories put forth by fans ran the gamut from neurological impairments to religious fasting, but the real reason for Derick's changing is likely much simpler ...

If you go back and watch 19 Kids and Counting online, you may notice that the Duggar clan is strangely fixated on teeth.

It may be for that reason that Derick underwent oral surgery to extend his palette and began wearing braces shortly after his marriage to Jill.

Such procedures have been known to result in weight loss, as they often require patients to adhere to liquid diets for several weeks at a time.

Of course, it goes without saying that the compounded stress of the past year probably didn't help Derick put the pounds back on.

In addition to the Josh Duggar sex scandals that made tabloid headlines, other members of the famous family have sparked more than a few online controversies over the past year.

Even the seemingly harmless Jill and Derick were accused of lying about their missionary work in Central America in order to scam fans out of donations.

It would be a lot for anyone to deal with, and unlike his wife, Derick is not a reality TV veteran whose life has been documented by cameras year after year.

Hopefully, the new dad will just keep a low profile and spend time with his family in 2016. Whatever you think of the Duggars, Derick seems to genuinely enjoy that ...

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