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QI'm a 23-year-old girl weighing 46 kilos. I eat my meals at the right intervals. But I can’t seem to gain weight. Please advise.

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Firstly, body weight is made up of four components; muscle, fat, water and bone. Now, as you would already know, water is not only denser but healthier than fat (if you put oil into water, the oil droplet will float up to the surface, thus its lighter). Therefore, water, muscle and bones are primarily made up of water, making them the healthier components of body weight and the key things you should be trying to build in order to gain weight.
The best way to build muscle is by exercising, doing both aerobics and resistance training. Thus, get involved in walking, running, jogging, aerobics, yoga, pilates. Pilates is a great way to strengthen muscles, which in turn will help increase your body weight.

Q I’m 15 years old and I have an unequal skin tone. The tone on my stomach is different from the tone on my arms. I have also had a tan for over a year. Since I’m young I’m not allowed to use advertised products for removal of hair. Please advise.

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It is quite natural to have differing skin tones on the body, as some parts of the body are exposed to the sun more often than others. I don’t think you should be worried about this. However, if you are not convinced, I would recommend you get a blood test for endocrinal function, as certain adrenal hormones are responsible for synthesising melanin which in turn gives the skin it’s colour.  

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