Being underweight is not good for your health. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired.
You can check if you’re underweight by using a BMI healthy weight calculator, which shows your body mass index (BMI).

If your BMI is below 18.5, this suggests that your weight may be too low.

If you’re underweight, or you’re concerned that someone you know is, tell your healthcare professional so they can give you help and advice.

If the healthy weight calculator has told you that you may be underweight, think about why this might be. For example, have you:

– Felt unwell? There might be an underlying medical cause for your low weight, such as an overactive thyroid.
– Been finding it difficult to make time to have a healthy, balanced diet with regular meals?
– Lost your appetite, perhaps because you’re worried or stressed?
– Been trying to lose weight?

If you feel anxious or worried when you think about food, or feel that stress or low self-esteem are affecting the way you eat, you may have an eating disorder.

If you think you may have an eating disorder, talk to someone you trust. Consider speaking to a healthcare professional because help is available.

Try using our healthy high-calorie approach to boost your diet and reduce your risk of malnutrition. Then you can return to a normal balanced diet.

If you have diabetes, raised cholesterol or lipids, please speak to your healthcare professional before starting this diet.

If you continue to lose weight after a month please speak to your healthcare professional.

High Calorie Diet Plan
• Breakfast
• Snack, smoothie or a milky drink
• Main Meal
• Snack, smoothie or a milky drink
• Light Meal
• Snack, smoothie or a milky drink

There may be some underlying issues that could stop you from putting on weight. If any of these SIX cases sound like you, then please see your healthcare professional for advice.

Number ONE: Food Anxiety is when you feel stressed about making food choices. This can prevent you from eating food. Please see your Healthcare Professional if this applies to you.

Number TWO: Appetite suppression due to medicines is not uncommon. If you have started a new medicine and are worried that you don’t feel as hungry as you normally do then please let your healthcare professional know.

Number THREE: If your teeth feel sensitive or you have mouth sores or ulcers it can be difficult or painful to eat. You might need to see your dentist for treatment. Don’t suffer in silence!

Number FOUR: Pain or reflux after eating could lead to weight loss as you lose the desire to eat. If you have any difficulty swallowing. Ask your healthcare professional for more advice if this sounds like you!

Number FIVE: Darker than normal stools, change in normal colour of stools or blood in your stools when you go to the toilet could be a sign the

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