5 Signs That You are Actually Underweight

5 Signs you are actually underweight

Underweight

Many times, we prefer to pay closer attention to being overweight rather than being underweight. However, the truth is that the health risks and implication of being overweight are just about the same as being underweight.

Statistically, in the world, the percentage of underweight in the population is about 1.7%. While women take 2.6%, men are numbered at 0.7%. One of the major signs of being underweight is a BMI (Body Mass Index) of less than 18.5. There are a lot of causes of weight loss which also include genetic reasons. Being overweight and overweight is just about the same. The best weight to be maintained is the healthy weight ( when the BMI is at about 18.5 to 24.9) To know if you're overweight or not, take the BMI test here. Meanwhile, here are 5 major signs that you’re underweight;

  1. Hair Loss: Most times, weight loss is associated with a bad diet or inconsistency in feeding. This would, in turn, reduce the supply of nutrients to the body especially the nutrients needed to grow the hair. If you notice a rapid hair loss, then you are probably a victim.
  • Weak Immune system:  When the body is low on nutrients, it weakens the immune system, making the body prone to various illness and diseases. A common cold could even last longer than it should, due to insufficient nutrient supply.
  • Fatigue: With underweight comes dizziness and fatigue. This is attributed to the fact that the body is not getting the requirement supplements, therefore it is prone to getting weak rapidly. If you feel fatigued or dizzy regularly, it may be time to check your weight.
  • Poor growth: Underweight symptoms can lead to poor growth and development. Stunted growth and low increase in development could be signs that the weight is not balanced.
  • Fragile bones: Calcium deficiency can lead to fragile bones and this is one of the side effects of being balanced in weight. This could lead to the bones breaking easily and cracking at every given opportunity.

There are many other signs and symptoms of an irregular weight. However, the best way to confirm would be with a medical doctor, who would also prescribe diets or supplements as the case may be. Diet intake is the major cause of overweight and underweight circumstances, and the only way out is to maintain a healthy diet.

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