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A 23-year-old female asked:

i have short stature but am underweight. exactly 86 pounds. how can i gain a little without getting fat.

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Dr. Pamela Paulhus
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Go natural : Good question, and it's good that you want some input on this. One thing to do is check with your doctor to see what would be the most acceptable weight range for your height. If you'd like to put on some weight, the best is to go natural - gradually increase a healthy caloric intake over a longer vs short time to give your body a chance to adjust. Eat and live well!

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