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Low Weight

A person is considered to have a low weight when their body mass index lies below 18.5. They are referred to as underweight. It can occur due to illness, genetics, poor metabolism of nutrients, and reduced food intake. Taking high nutritious foods with adequate proteins, vitamins and minerals helps to gain weight.

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I am 51 years old and still weigh only 41 Kg. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a peculiar problem. I do not gain weight at all. I have tried all through my young age. I am 51 years old and still weigh only 41 Kg. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Duaa Salem Alfituri Shubar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Anyone whose BMI (body mass index) is below 18.5 is classified as underweight, and your BMI is 15.62. There are a lot of causes for being underweight, and it could be: Genetic. Metabolic. Hyperthyroid. If you check your thyroid funct...  Read Full »

Why am I not having much bleeding during periods?

Query: Hello doctor,I am in my periods, but this is the first time I am facing this problem. It is my third and fourth day. I am not bleeding much, just a little. Is it a matter of concern?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From you short history, the only significant finding is your weight. A minimum of 30 lbs/inch2 of BMI(body mass index) is needed to have periods. The normal fat in the body is gradually converted to hormones and further support the growth of the follicles, the uterus...  Read Full »

Is fenugreek good for a thyroid patient?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 23 year old unmarried female. I am suffering from thyroid disorder since three years. I am unable to gain weight. My weight is 42 since seven years. My TSH level is always normal, either 3 or 2 or 4. When I visited my doctor, he said the thyroid function is fine and no need to worr...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Patients with hypothyroidism usually gain weight. Your issue is weight loss which is seen in hyperthyroidism. As your thyroid TSH is in the normal range,  you can continue the same treatment. For gaining weight, you need to take food which is adequate that is, it should...  Read Full »

Can I give vitamin supplements for my 15 months old baby?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 15 months old. Her weight is 18 lbs and height is 2.6 feet. One of the Pediatricians suggested me to give two supplements to her as follows. Osteocalcium 5 mL per day, which contains Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12 and Calcium phosphate and Jusdee 60K granules one sachet per month,...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagasirisha Naredla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. You are child's weight is lower than normal for the age. Hope she does not have any health or developmental issues. 2. The weight goes with her birth weight and nutrition. Height is good. So probably, I would expect either under nutrition or a delay in growth spur...  Read Full »

My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. How can she mentally recover from this condition?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. She is 18 years old. A few months back, she starved for almost two months. From there, it all started. Now she has a fear of food. After eating, she feels guilty. She wants to quit eating. Her mood fluctuates, and she feels anxious. She fee...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder. In this, the affected person has an extreme fear of weight gain. Anorexia nervosa people usually suffer from depression. As per your description, your friend might be suffer...  Read Full »

Why is a 2-year-old not speaking properly?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 2 years old. Now, she is speaking only 3 to 4 words. She is not talking like other children. Please tell me if she has any kind of disorder. I have been to the doctor once and he told nothing to worry. After 2 years only they can speak. But my elder daughter spoke when s...  Read Full »

Dr. Parmar Vishal Himatlal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I got your concern. Based on the above history, my comments are: 1. I think she can listen and understand but there is a problem with expression. 2. Her weight is low according to age, so give her more energy rich food to gain weight. 3. Let her play with same age...  Read Full »

Can I use mass gainers to increase weight?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old. My weight is just 110 pounds, and my height is 5 feet and 6 inches. Please advise some ways to gain weight. My bones are so thin. Please prescribe some medicines.  Read Full »

Dr. Saseendar. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your problem and your worries attached to it. Body habitus, which is how a person's build looks irrespective of the amount or type of intake he has, depends largely on the metabolic rate of the person and the activity level of the person, though the quality o...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old daughter suffers from on and off stomach pain. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is five years old. She had on and off pain in her stomach and a terrible smell when she farts. Please help me out in this problem. I gave her Cyclopam but was not so effective. She is currently on Colicaid.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The first striking point I have noted in your history is the weight of the child. This history coupled with the history of abdominal pain and indigestion may be indicative of a metabolic disorder or disorder associated with digestion of food. It needs to be evaluate...  Read Full »

I am skinny and eat a lot, but I still do not gain weight. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about my weight. I am skinny and eat a lot, but I still do not gain weight. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To gain weight healthily, you need to build muscle, and I advise you to indulge in regular physical activity and a healthy diet. Healthy diet: Do not start eating oily or junk food to gain weight, because that would only lead to a gain in fat but health problems, like ...  Read Full »

Why do I not put on weight even after using appetizers?

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 23 years. But, I weigh only 81.5 lbs for 5 ft height. My parents consulted different medical practitioners, but nothing worked out. Appetizers did not work too. I do not have strong immunity. I get fever often. No one in my family is lean other than me. They all have normal w...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to For a height of 5 ft, your ideal weight should be between 123 lbs to 132 lbs. You can definitely gain weight. First of all, I would suggest you to rule out any chronic disease by carrying out complete blood count, chest x-ray, thyroid hormone profile, liver function test...  Read Full »

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