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A 24-year-old female asked:

I am 24 and my bmi is 16.3. what should i do? when i was younger i was very chubby and not skinny. my friends think i am anorexic. any advice for me?

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Dr. Haresh Sawlani
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Weight: Get your thyroid blood test to make sure you do not have hyperthyroidism.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, ... Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, ....
Last updated Feb 2, 2015

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