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A female asked:

I am 5'8 or 5'9 and i am 19 years old and i weigh only 116 pounds. is this considered underweight? what can i do to gain weight, no matter what i do i

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. can check 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 (such as egg white, chicken breast, salmon; and olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu,...). Taking a daily multivitamin is fine to do. Some exercise is good too.
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