Thinness/Underweight Problems

Thinness/Underweight ProblemsWhat Does it Mean to Be Underweight?

Being underweight simply means that you fall below your recommended weight. Each individual has his own ideal weight and when you fall short this number, it is no longer healthy. The ideal weight depends on a person’s height, sex and built. If your body weight is 10% less your ideal weight, then you can be considered as moderately underweight. On the other hand, if your weight is already 20% less your ideal body weight, then that where you should start considering gaining weight. The body weight plays an important role in keeping the person healthy.

If your body weight is a bit higher than the average weight, then that would be acceptable up to the age of 30 only. When you are already above 30, up to 40 years of age, you should now make an extra effort of maintaining your weight at the average. This is important because a lot of diseases often start at this stage. Once you are beyond 40, then you have to be more careful with your body weight, and try to keep it below the average.

Basically, there are two types of thin persons. One has a very good metabolism, who keeps on eating but does not put on weight, and the other is the sickly one, who does not like to eat and are not able to eat a normal meal. Between the two, the former is usually regarded as healthy, while the latter is the one prone to diseases such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, heart disorder, respiratory disorder, typhoid fever, and even cancer. Their bodies do not have the fat cells that they need and they could no longer store any additional fat, preventing them from gaining any weight.


What Causes Thinness or Being Underweight?

There are several reasons why a person has this inherent thinness. Some of them are the following:

  • Inadequate nutrition. If a person is poor in nutrition, then he is most likely to become very thin or underweight.
  • Excessive body activity. Doing too much activity, and being unable to supplement any burned calories could lead to thinness as well.
  • Emotional factors. These could sometimes lead people to lose appetite and not eat properly.
  • Bad habits like skipping meals. This could also lead to being underweight.
  • Habitual fasting. When a person gets into the habit of fasting, he is most likely to end up being thin.
  • Inadequate digestion. Some people, even though they eat nutritious foods, still end up being thin, simply because they are not able to digest food properly.
  • Metabolic disturbances. One example of which is an overactive thyroid.
  • Chronic disorders like having chronic diarrhea, or having a lot of parasites in the body such as tapeworm, could also lead to being underweight.
  • Insomnia is also one of the causes of thinness.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Thinness

  • Fatigue
  • Poor physical stamina
  • Low resistance against infection


Treatment, Remedies and Cure for Thinness

Since thinness is primarily brought about by a faulty diet, it is very important that the proper diet is administered.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Try to give yourself the time to absorb some morning rays of the sun. This could literally help make you stronger.
  • Eat frequent small meals so that you get to eat a lot for the entirety of the day. Thin people tend to feel full quickly, which often happens when one eats a large meal.
  • Avoid smoking as this could be detrimental to one’s health.
  • Try to take water an hour after meals, or about 30 minutes before you eat a meal. Do not take water along with your meals.
  • Do some regular exercises. Engage in yoga, dancing or walking. These activities could help in making you relax and ease stress. They also help in inducing sleep, which is also necessary for gaining weight.
  • Rest. Do not tire yourself out.
  • Free your heart and mind from emotional burdens and problems.

Diet for Thinness

  • Eat more cod liver oil and milk. These foods are rich in calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B6.
  • Yoghurt is another good source of calcium.
  • Green leafy vegetables should be eaten liberally as these contain a lot of nutrients and magnesium. Some of these vegetables are turnips, spinach and radish.
  • Eat foods rich in Vitamin B. Some foods rich in Vitamin B are liver, beef, tuna, banana, eggs and legumes. This vitamin is essential to maintain a normal appetite.
  • Vegetable oil can greatly help those who desire to gain weight. This oil is replete with Vitamin E and also with essential fatty acids
  • Make sure that you eat an excess number of calories daily. Give it an allowance of around 500 calories from what you need.
  • Try to avoid refined foods. These include foods that contain sugar, white flour, refined carbohydrates, fats and other similar foods.
  • Fruits and vegetables have to be the main foods in your diet.
  • Curtail drinking beverages with caffeine like tea and coffee. Soft drinks have to be avoided too.
  • Eat a lot of figs. They are considered as fattening foods that you could have.

Gain Weight through Milk

Some naturopaths actually recommend a milk diet since it is still a natural way of gaining weight, and, milk is beneficial for the body.

The process is usually begun with fasting for around 3 days on warm water, which is actually essential to cleanse the body. Then a glass of milk should be given every 2 hours, from 8 in the morning up to 8 in the evening. Next, the interval would be every 1 and ½ hours, and on the 3rd day, it should be given every hour. Intake of milk should be increased up to a level that one could tolerate. If this could be done every 30 minutes, the more effective it would be.



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