Our expert says:
Yes, I agree that weighing only 48 kg with a BMI of 19,2 is too little for your height. As I have been saying to other Readers today, depression can have a devastating effect on body weight. In some patients it causes extreme weightloss and in other pronounced weight gain. Have you seen a psychiatrist for treatment of your depression? if not, I would urge you to get some assistance with the problem and also to see a clinical psychologist to help you work through your problems and assist you to conquer the depression. From a dietary point of view click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles I have written on this subject. Companies like Fresenius Kabi and Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone Fresenius on (011) 545-0000, or the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your energy intake. You can purchase liquid meal supplements at most chemist shops. Talk to the pharmacist about your need to gain weight and see which products he or she will recommend. Basically you need to eat more food either by gradually increasing how much you eat at each meal, or by taking supplements IN ADDITION to your regular meals (not to replace meals), or by having more snacks between meals. If you use a meal supplement such as Fresubin, with or without fibre, at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then you should gain 1 kg per week. Feedback from other Readers has indicated that they have successfully gained weight by using a meal supplement.
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