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a vegetarian diet to add weight?

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Hi, i m 20 and my height 5.9inch and from past 2-3 years my weight is 50kgs, i m not able to gain weight... please suggest me a veg diet by which i can gain weight and my BMI should be normal...

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replied June 16th, 2011
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Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

You don't appear to be underweight, and if you are maintaining weight at your age—then it is in a way good.

Thinness and fitness are two different things. One can be thin and yet fit, whereas on can be fat and unhealthy. What is important is that the weight should not be below the normal percentile for your age, waist circumference and height. If you eat well, you may be having worms in the stool. Hence a stool test is a must. You may be constitutionally this way. However, if you want to gain weight, then test for thyroid disorders and diabetes first. If you have either this could be the cause for poor weight.

If this is normal, then join a good nutrition expert and physical trainer and systematically increase weight. This will keep you healthy. Hope this helps. Take care!

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