People who are underweight or frail have low reserves for bouncing back after an
illness or injury. In the later years, this can lead to permanent ill health or
disability. If you have trouble keeping your weight up, it's critical that you
take special measures to build your weight, energy, and resilience. Every day,
follow your doctor's recommendations and:
Eat three meals plus three snacks, and never
miss a meal.
Choose higher-calorie foods from each food group, such
as whole milk instead of skim milk. But try to keep your overall saturated fat
intake low—high cholesterol can affect anyone.
the highest-calorie foods in a meal first.
Use liquid supplements,
such as Ensure or Boost, between meals.
If you are having trouble getting the food you need because of transportation, financial, or health problems, ask your
doctor about local meal programs. Most communities have Meals on Wheels
programs that can deliver food to your door. And there are meals at churches and
community centers that can nourish your needs for both food and social
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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