It is important never to shame a person or make a person feel bad about their body. There are many factors that can impact a person’s weight beyond their diet illnesses, stress, and even the amount of sleep they get each note are all factors. We are all different and deserve respect and kindness, particularly when it pertains to our bodies. During this blog, we are not addressing weight as a stigma, but rather as one of many factors that can impact the growth and health of your hair.

Being underweight can present health risks that can affect many factors of your health and daily life. It can even impact your hair health.

How do you know you may be underweight?

One measurement that people will use to help determine if a person is at a healthy weight is by calculating that person’s BMI or Body mass index. BMI takes a person’s height and weight and to determine what weight a person at a particular height should be at. Typically, a person is classified as being underweight if they have a BMI of less than 18.5. With that said, the BMI is flawed. One such flaw is that it only compares two variables (weight and height) without any regard for other weight contributing factors. For example, muscle is heavier than fat. If a person has muscle mass, the BNMI could make it seem like they are overweight, when in reality, they are physically fit. BMI also doesn’t take into account the person’s age, bone structure, or fat distribution.

Some people are more at risk for being underweight than others. Factors like genetics, having a high metabolism, physical diseases, or frequent activity can all impact a person’s weight. Being underweight can have many symptoms, but it is important to remember that just because a person may have one of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean they are underweight. A person who is underweight may experience symptoms or none at all.

Being underweight can present a few risk factors that may be damaging to health. Fatigue from not getting enough calories, having a weakened immune system, and issues with the health of hair, skin, or teeth are a few of these risk factors. Many of these factors are the result of deficiencies in nutrients or calories. Deficiencies in nutrients can cause hair loss because the hair needs nutrients to grow. When we are deficient, the body will prioritize those nutrients to vital organs to keep the body functioning, and hair is usually last on that list. Additionally, a person who is underweight is more likely to have anemia (a low blood count). Nutrients are carried by the blood to the hair follicles. In order for hair to grow, good blood flow is needed.

Please be sure to visit a health professional if you have any health-related concerns.

 

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