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Is it bad to be underweight if balanced diet?

Is it bad to be underweight if balanced diet?

In general "no": In general the" thinner the better" in reference to increasing one's longevity. The genetic implications for weight..Too thin or too fat can be as high as 77%. Make sure that your thyroid function has been evaluated since hyperthyroid states can cause unhealthy weight loss there are many co-morbitities associated with being overweight. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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No matter what I do I can't put on weight. I am underweight but I always eat a balanced diet. I eat like a horse but can't gain weight. please help.

No matter what I do I can't put on weight. I am underweight but I always eat a balanced diet. I eat like a horse but can't gain weight. please help.

Gaining weight: Foods to help with healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, Avocadoes, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, protein bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, Smoothies (with added silken tofu or powdered milk), Greek yogurt (full –fat), pasta/ bagels & use of juice rather than soda. Some people add whey. ...Read more

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A genetically underweight boy can gain weight through proper treatment OR through balanced diet? Also I eat very little.

A genetically underweight boy can gain weight through proper treatment OR through balanced diet? Also I eat very little.

Nutrition: If underweight - increased caloric intake (calories consumed > calories burned) is likely to allow for weight gain. Since this states that you eat very little - that is likely a factor. ...Read more

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I am underweight. Is it possible if I eat balanced diet or take too much calories but not gain weight due to genetics?

I am underweight. Is it possible if I eat balanced diet or take too much calories but not gain weight due to genetics?

Metabolism helps to: determine our weight, i.e., what we burn off and what turns into fat or muscle. What we eat is a major factor also. Yes, you can eat a lot and not gain weight. As long as your doc says you are healthy, no need to worry. Peace and good health. Focus on having good health. ...Read more

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Had an abnormal ekg. Am 19 yr old female, underweight, eats balanced diet. What could be wrong?

Had an abnormal ekg. Am 19 yr old female, underweight, eats balanced diet. What could be wrong?

Totally depends: There are hundreds of kinds of abnormality, all due to different things. Can you be specific? If it was not read by a doctor, the machine reading can be wrong--as a result of where the leads are placed on your chest, thin chest wall, young age, etc--so ask your doctor who ordered the test to explain. It might just need a repeat. ...Read more

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What is a safe way to gain weight, when I am underweight currently and eat three full healthy meals a day?

What is a safe way to gain weight, when I am underweight currently and eat three full healthy meals a day?

More calories: Try adding a nutritional supplement like Ensure a couple of times daily between meals. Increase the amount of protein consumed daily to 80-100 grams. Resistance exercises like weight training, yoga or isometrics can build muscle. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How can bad diet as a child (mostly greasy salty fried meats and potatoes) influence growth?I'm now 23, very underweight and generally fatigued.

How can bad diet as a child (mostly greasy salty fried meats and potatoes) influence growth?I'm now 23, very underweight and generally fatigued.

Not too late!: Childhood is a time of critical growth in which proper nutrition is absolutely necessary. Children who have poor diets are prone to significant short-term and long-term health impacts and diseases such as obesity, mental and emotional health problems, and a failure to thrive. It’s never too late to make correct diet choices. You can turn this around. Start right now! “You are what you eat” ...Read more

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Is it possible that a genetically underweight person can get weight by joining gym and proper diet?

Is it possible that a genetically underweight person can get weight by joining gym and proper diet?

Underweight: You can increase muscle mass by exercise. This will increase weight and give tone and definition to the body. If you are otherwise healthy, do not focus on the number on the scale but rather on being a good and decent person, liking self and others. See doctor before making any diet changes. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am not able to gain weight am always underweight from the birth. Even I am having a good diet . Need suggestions?

I am not able to gain weight am always underweight from the birth. Even I am having a good diet . Need suggestions?

Weight issues: It's sort of a privilege not to be overweight in the us, so unless it's unhealthy underweight, don't worry too much. First off, if there is a medical issue, it needs to be determined and fixed. Try to calculate your bmi (body mass index). Any bmi less than 18.5 would be underweight. Normal is between 18.5 and 25, so if you fit in that range, you are good. ...Read more