Causes Of Difficulty Gaining Weight?

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Hello, I’m a 17 year old girlrnI want to ask why my weight is hard to gain? Is it because I have hyperthyroidism? From the symptoms of hyperthyroidism I only have irregular menstruation, easy hair loss, and hard weight gain. Even easy hair loss is a descendant of my family.rnI eat large portions, my mother also wonders why I eat a lot but I don’t gain weight. Only my younger brother eats the same portion as me.rnAnd is it hereditary? My father used to be skinny when he wasn’t married and had a hard time gaining weight. However, after marriage his body becomes fullrnPlease explain, thank you

1 Answer:

Hi sylviaayuningsih,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland (which is located at the front of the neck) is hyperactive. The cause can be due to abnormalities in the thyroid gland itself, for example due to autoimmune disorders, infections, nodules, or cancer. In addition, the thyroid gland can also have higher activity due to abnormalities in the pituitary gland in the brain.


Hyperthyroidism can indeed be one of the factors that makes it difficult for a person to gain weight. However, this is certainly not the only symptom. Patients with hyperthyroidism will generally experience various other complaints, such as heart palpitations, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, excessive sweating, body heat, diarrhea, fast breathing, dry skin, protruding eyes, hair loss, menstrual disorders, and so on.


In addition to hyperthyroidism, there are many other conditions that can make it difficult for a person to gain weight, including:

Genetics (innate)
Inadequate nutritional intake
Stress, depression, excessive anxiety
Chemotherapy side effects
Having certain diseases, such as digestive disorders (diarrhea, vomiting), tuberculosis, cancer, anorexia, bulimia, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and so on

You can take the following steps first to help increase your weight to make it more ideal:

First measure your ideal weight through the calculation of body mass index
Set a realistic weight gain target, don't overdo it (0.5 to 1 kg per week)
Eat regularly 3 to 5 times a day moderate portions
Increase the calorie intake in your diet
Eat with balanced nutrition
Limit instant food, preservatives
Eat healthy snacks, such as juices, smoothies, non-MSG cookies
Avoid stress, calm your mind
Regular exercise 3 to 4 times a week, for example jogging, swimming, lifting weights
Drink enough, if necessary, add milk
Stay away from cigarettes, alcohol and drugs
Avoid indiscriminate consumption of body fat supplements without a doctor's supervision

However, if the above efforts do not show significant progress within 1 to 3 months, you should immediately consult a nutritionist for further evaluation and treatment.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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