Posted by: Chaz | 2009/01/14

Weight Gain foods for underweight person

My daughter lost 9kg during matric exams probably due to stress.
She does eat often, but can' t seem to gain the weight back. She' s 175cm tall and weighs 56kg.
We went to the doctor, they did all sorts of blood tests and found nothing. Thyroid is normal.
Which foods should she eat to gain the weight back or which supplements could she take?

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Dear Chaz
Stress, anxiety and depression are all psychological states that can cause pronounced weightloss (or weight gain in some individuals). Your daughters present BMI = 18,8 which is just still in the normal range. When she weighed 65 kg her weight was ideal for her height. If she is not suffering from underlying anxiety or depression then you can click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles on 'Weight gaining'. Companies like Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your daughter's energy intake. You can purchase liquid meal supplements at most chemist shops. Talk to the pharmacist about her need to gain weight and see which products he or she will recommend. Basically she needs to eat more food either by gradually increasing how much she eats at each meal, or by taking supplements IN ADDITION to her regular meals (not to replace meals), or by having more snacks between meals. If she uses a liquid meal supplement at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then she should gain 1 kg per week. Feedback from other Readers has indicated that they have successfully gained weight by using a meal supplement. Rest and relaxation after the exams should also be beneficial.
Best regards

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