Why should I gain weight if I'm not significantly underweight?
Asked by on Dec 12, 2009
in Eating Disorders
I lost about 30 pounds over a year (I have anorexia) and am now around 96-98 pounds. I am 15 and 5'5 1/4". I feel comfortable at this weight and I do not see why I should have to gain if my weight is not severely low.
Actually, at 5 feet 5.25 inches and 96 - 98 pounds, your weight is below the healthy weight range for your height and age. There are many health risks associated with under-eating and being underweight. They include malnutrition, poor growth and development, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea (loss of menstrual cycle), iron deficiency anemia, osteoporosis, anxiety, insomnia, and the list goes on. Your ideal weight is around 120 - 125 pounds. Follow the recommendations of your treatment team to regain. If you strength-train with weights, you will gain more muscle to look very fit and trim.