Our expert says:
Dear Diet for Life
Your unexplained weight gain is due to water retention and changes in metabolism. Normal weight can vary by up to 3 kg from day to day and even from morning to evening. I am rather worried about your lifestyle because it sounds as if you have a tendency to anorexia?? You say you are underweight, yet you obsess when your weight fluctuates by 1 kg. You do excessive workouts and don't menstruate - all these are typical symptoms of anorexia or an eating disorder. For your own sake please stop trying to lose weight, stop doing excessive exercise and learn to relax and enjoy your youth. If this continues then I would seriously recommend that you see a clinical psychologist to help you work out why you are so obsessive about body weight when you are already underweight. Also arrange to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area), who will help you to eat properly so that you can get back to a normal weight and start menstruating normallly again.
Don't spoil your entire life by ruining your health at the age of 17!
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