Nowadays, everyone is much conscious about their health despite their ages. Such consciousness is a good sign for the sound health. But, the motto behind the losing weight does not remain same always. Definitely, it varies from one woman to another woman, one man to another man, one man to another woman.
Some people do exercise in order to maintain their body weight; some do only to stay fit and fine and some become kind of obsessed with losing weight. But, one should have the knowledge of proper dieting and weight before going through the lots of exercises daily. Excessive anything is not good for health. Underweight is also not a good sign for health like overweight.
Being underweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) below 18.5. This is estimated to be less than the body mass needed to sustain optimal health. Conversely, over 25 is considered overweight and over 30 is considered obese. Some people are naturally very skinny but still healthy.
Being underweight according to this scale does not necessarily mean that you have a health problem. Being underweight is about 2-3 times as common among girls and women. In the US, 1% of men and 2.4% of women 20 years and older are underweight. It is essential to have a body weight which is proportionate to your height to stay fit and healthy. Your ideal body weight depends on your height, age and gender.
Obesity becomes a common and one of the world’s biggest health problems. Like obesity, being underweight may be considered just as bad for your health. According to one study, being underweight was associated with a 140% greater risk of early death in men, and 100% in women. In this study, obesity was “only” associated with a 50% greater risk of early death, indicating that being underweight may be even worse for your health.
Another study found an increased risk of early death in underweight men, but not women. This indicates that being underweight may be worse for men especially. Being underweight can also impair immune function, raise your risk of infections, lead to osteoporosis and fractures, and cause fertility problems. People who are underweight are also much more likely to get sarcopenia (age-related muscle wasting) and may be at greater risk of dementia.
There remain many reasons behind the being underweight. One should be aware of such several medical conditions that can cause unhealthy weight loss. Here are a few of them:
- Eating disorders: This includes anorexia nervosa, a serious mental disorder.
- Thyroid problems: Having an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can boost metabolism and cause unhealthy weight loss.
- Celiac disease: Most people with celiac disease don’t know that they have it.
- Diabetes: Having uncontrolled diabetes can lead to severe weight loss.
- Cancer: Cancerous tumours often burn large amounts of calories and can cause someone to lose a lot of weight.
- Infections: Certain infections can cause someone to become severely underweight. This includes parasites, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
- If you are underweight, then you may want to see a doctor in order to rule out a serious medical condition. This is particularly important if you have recently started losing large amounts of weight without even trying.
It seems to be easy to gain weight rather than losing but, it can actually be very difficult for some people to gain weight. That’s because your body has a certain level of weight where it feels comfortable. Whether you try to go under your level (lose weight) or over it (gain weight), your body resists changes by regulating your hunger levels and metabolic rate. When you eat more calories and gain weight, you can expect your body to respond by reducing your appetite and boosting your metabolism. So you should expect a certain level of difficulty. In some cases, you may literally need to force yourself to eat despite feeling stuffed. It can take a long time, and you need to be consistent if you want to succeed in the long run. So, to gain the weight is not so hard task but, only keep patience.