National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Body Weight is the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Do you know whether or not your current weight is healthy? "Underweight", "normal", "overweight", and "obese" are all labels for ranges of weight. Obese and overweight mean that your weight is greater than it should be for your health. Underweight means that it is lower than it should be for your health. Your healthy body weight depends on your gender and height.
A sudden, unexpected change in weight can be a sign of a medical problem. Causes for sudden weight loss can include thyroid problems, cancer, infectious diseases, digestive diseases, and certain medicines. Sudden weight gain can be due to medications, thyroid problems, heart failure, and kidney disease.
Good nutrition and exercise can help in losing weight Eating extra calories within a well-balanced diet and treating any underlying medical problems can help to add weight.
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)