Wellbeing

A From what you tell me, despite eating and sleeping well, you continue to remain thin and feel weak. It looks like you either suffer from a case of worms (tapeworms) or malabsorption (inefficient enzyme action). Please see your physician at the earliest.

Tapeworms are parasites that cling to the inner section of the colon and absorb all the nutrients. As a result, they grow very large, making it difficult to get rid of them with simple medication (deworming tablets) at times requiring invasive measures such as surgery.

On the other hand, it could be a case of malabsorption, where either the villi (primary area for absorption of nutrients from the digestive tract into the blood) are less in number, or are malformed, thus unable to perform their function properly.

Weight gain is best achieved through healthy eating and exercise. Ensure that you are eating enough fruits, vegetables, wholegrain cereals, lentils, pulses and reduced fat milk and milk products. Stay active, go for a walk, get involved in sports (swimming, basketball, throwball), sign up for dance lessons, or aerobics. Engage in activities that you consider fun and enjoyable.

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