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Is being underweight a problem for my health?

Being underweight can also increase the risk of health problems. Because the body may not be receiving all the nutrients it needs, underweight people can be at an increased risk of: developing some infectious diseases (because the immune system may be impaired); developing osteoporosis later in life; having decreased muscle strength; digestion problems; fertility problems in women, and; experiencing hypothermia in cold weather.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 14 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Weight loss


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