I am somewhere between a size 0, 1, or 3. I know i am wayy underweight. I was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, but its now under control, my recent bloodwork came out normal. Its not like i was ever really sick anyway... my thyroid hormones were normal it was just the tsh that was too low. im taking meds for it and theyre working pretty good so far. only been in treatment for 2 months or so.
I am 21. when i was 16 i was a size 7 or 9, and i weight 28 pounds more than i do now. My doctor insists that i MUST gain that weight, but i dont want to, and she says that my low weight is gonna give me hormone problems, but is it, really? I have normal periods, i know i ovulate cuz i got mittsemeitz..(whatever, that midcycle pain) since i was 13, i have had bloodwork done and my haemoglobin and everything is fine and i feel great. I also exercise and eat well, both healthy meals and junk food for desert. Will it REALLY causse any harm to stay underweight?
The ideal body mass index (BMI) is defined as between 20 and 25. Thus, anyone below that range would be considered underweight and those with a BMI from 18.5 to 17.5 extremely underweight.
While being underweight often appears preferable to being overweight, the reality is that just as with obesity, being overly thin has risks and repercussions.
Being extremely underweight predisposes individuals to infections due to weak and easily compromised immune system ; They also tend to have low muscle mass, hair loss, and in some cases disrupted hormone regulation. Being underweight can also derail intake and absorption of vital nutrients, including amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, leading to increased risk of osteoporosis and anemia. In addition, underweight women are prone to amenorrhea and possible pregnancy complications.
You should follow your doctors advice and try to improve your body weight. Successful weight gain can be achieved by combination of a well structured diet and regular physical activity.
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