Having a healthy weight doesn't always mean that you need to
lose weight: some people need to put weight on instead.
Many underweight people are fit and well but they just have a
slender build. However, there can often be a medical reason for
being underweight, especially if you have lost weight quickly
without trying and you have a constant lack of energy. If this is
the case, you should speak to your doctor.
Being underweight can mean that your bones aren't as strong as
they could be and you can be more prone to colds and illnesses. It
can also affect a woman's fertility.
If you restrict how much you eat on purpose or feel anxious
about eating and the thought of gaining weight, you may have an
eating disorder or have the potential for developing one. If this
applies to you, you should speak to a friend or family member for
support and speak to your doctor.
Tips for gaining weight
- Set yourself a realistic target and aim to gain weight
gradually at around 2.2lbs per month.
- Make sure you eat at least 3 times per day, including
- You need to take in more calories than you burn in a day as
part of a balanced diet.
- Try eating an extra 300 to 350 calories a day to start
- Take part in low impact, strengthening exercises such as yoga
- Keep a food diary for a couple of weeks to see what you are
eating and when.