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Why am I underweight?

Why am I underweight?

When people think about maintaining a healthy weight, they're often likely to think about losing weight. Some people have the opposite problem though - they need to gain weight in a healthy way. 

In fact, being underweight can be just as hazardous to a person's health as being overweight. Underweight people will find that they are more susceptible to infection, overall poor health, and an elevated risk of heart attacks.

In this post, we will take a look at how to gain weight in a healthy way and put together a sample healthy weight gain meal plan.

Why Some People Find It Hard To Gain Weight

There are lots of reasons that a person might struggle to gain weight. Here's a closer look at just some of the most common reasons this might be the case:

Genetics

Genetics plays a big part in determining how our bodies handle the food that we eat. Some people might find that their genetic makeup means their body does not process food as efficiently as possible, and this can make it difficult for them to achieve a healthy weight.

An active metabolism

Your metabolic rate will determine how many calories you burn each day. Depending on their body, some people find that they naturally burn more calories than other people. This means that they often find themselves in a calorie deficit and underweight.

Malnutrition

Unfortunately, there are a host of reasons a person might suffer from malnutrition. Some people lack the appropriate education around food, while others might find that their circumstances mean they don't have access to high-quality and nutritious food.

Eating disorders

An estimated 30 million people in the USA suffer from some form of an eating disorder. Those disorders can affect a person's relationship with food and cause them to avoid eating the appropriate quantity of blend of food.