over, is a
relative term, being based on the ideal weight for a given height,
and sex. A person can be regarded as moderately underweight if he or
weighs 10% below the ideal body weight.
among the most important physical attributes and has a deep influence
the health and personality of an individual. For a healthy body, weight
slightly above the average is favorable up to the age of 30 years, as
serves as a good defense measure against certain diseases, especially
Between 30 and 40 years of age, the endeavor should be to maintain the
weight at the average level as during this period, many future diseases
have their beginning. After the age of 40, it will be advisable to keep
the weight slightly below the average, so as to lighten the burden on
heart, kidney and other vital organs.
There are two
types of thin
people. One type is wiry and energetic, who eat heartily but never put
on weight. Presumably, they burn up energy due to constant activity.
persons need not worry as chances are that they do not have any disease
as such. The other type of thin persons lack energy and drie, are
to take normal meals and find that rich food usually makes them sick.
body lacks fat cells thus providing no storage place for added fat and
the calories they consume are probably wasted.
Underweight due to
caloric in take is a serious condition, especially in the young. They
feel easily fatigued, have poor physical stamina and lowered resistance
to infection. Diseases like tuberculosis, respiratory disorders,
and circulatory diseases like heart disorders, cerebral hemorrhage,
typhoid fever and cancer are quite common among them. The occurrence of
the complications of pregnancy in your women may result from
due to an inadequate energy intake.
Thinness may be due
nutrition or excessive bodily activity or both. Emotional factors or
habits such as skipped meals, small meals, habitual fasting and
exercise are some of the other causes of thinness. Other factors
inadequate digestion and absorption of food due to a wrong dietary
for a particular metabolism; metabolic disturbances such as an
thyroid and hereditary tendencies. Disorders such as chronic dyspepsia,
chronic diarrhea presence of parasites like tapeworm in the alimentary
canal, liver disorders, diabetes mellitus, insomnia, constipation, and
sexual disorders can also lead to thinness.