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I am experiencing unable to gain weight normally. the following also describes me: pale skin. what should i do?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Dietician: First you should be examined by a physician to see whether there is any medical abnormality like overactive thyroid, diabetes, tapeworm,etc which is preventing weight gain. If you're otherwise healthy, see a registered dietician or nutritionist who will determine your ideal weight, critique your eating habits, determine how many calories a day you personallyneed and outline a personal diet for you
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Eating disorder??: There are lots of reasons for being underweight, & these should be ruled out by medical evaluation. Assuming your work-up identifies no maldigestion, malabsorption, inflammatory disease, chronic infection, metabolic abnormalities, CA, or non-gi systemic disease then weight gain is a simple matter of taking in more calories than you burn. Supplement with fortified milk shakes/ commercial products.

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