Q: Please doc what causes weight loss? I used to be chubby before; then, all of a sudden, like a space of 2yrs, I see myself reducing and people are complaining asking if am sick because I look like one. I am very okay, not sick and very healthy. I have gone for tests but nothing was seen. I eat but not too much; I sleep well; I drink water a lot. Please, help me. I need to get fat.
A: Interesting question!
Your weight is a combination of a couple of factors. The first two are input (how much you eat) and your activity/exercise level (how much you burn). Others include your age, your state of health, your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, stress (job loss, bereavement) etc
However, weight loss, when you’re not trying to lose weight may be due to an underlying disease condition.
Some causes of unexplained weight loss include:
• Changes in diet, taste, appetite or even sense of smell
• Dental problems
• Thyroid problems
• Peptic Ulcer
• Some medications
• Misuse of drugs or alcohol
So, it is worthwhile figuring out whether you’re overdoing the exercise or stress etc. If not, perhaps you should get a second opinion on underlying disease condition(s).
Then check out your body mass index (BMI). If it’s less than 18.5, then you are underweight. If you and your medical team cannot isolate an underlying condition, then you may want to add some more calorie-dense foods to your diet. At all times, ensure you are guided by your doctor.
For examples of calorie-dense foods and related posts on BMI, please click on the link below:
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