Way Too Skinny

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am 14 and weigh 69 pounds i am getting taller and taller but not gaining weight. i am 4 foot and 11inches the last time i checked. all my friends say i am way to skinny. and one time at the beach i was wearing a bikini and these girls said i was anorexic. but i am not, i eat so much. and currently not exersizing as much. i eat healthy, but i still have a little "fatty foods" like taco bell. but no matter how much i eat i am not gaining any weight i just get taller and taller. what should i do, i want to put on at least 10lbs in the next month. also when i get jeans they are highwaters on me but they are really loose on my legs. and when i get them the right length they are way way way to big. i am a skeleton, and don't feel comfortable with my body. and i want to look normal and feel good about myself. sometimes i get really insecure and i want curves. my mom says people would kill to have my body, but that's what moms are supposed to do. my friends all think i am anorexic or belimic. noone will let me take my time to eat my food. they force feed. what are some good tips to gaining weight. i follow the food pyramid. and eat alot of carbohydrates, protein. i dont get this. and also i am really small and the smallest sized tampon is too big. and i hate pads, i feel like i am in a diaper. please answer. i need your help. -way too skinny
Signed: Way Too Skinny

Dear Way Too Skinny,


TeenHealthFX calculated your BMI based on your age, height, and weight – and those calculations indicated that you are underweight. Girls who are very thin may be so for several reasons – they may be over-exercising, not eating enough, or they may have an underlying medical condition. And some girls are just naturally very thin when they are young, and will often put on more weight as they get older and enter their 20’s or 30’s. It is impossible for FX to know over the internet why you are so thin, but recommends that you meet with your primary care physician or adolescent health specialist so that you can get a better understanding about why you are underweight. FX suggests that until you meet with the doctor, that you keep a diary of the food you eat every day and how often you are exercising. That way the doctor can look at your food intake and activity level, perform a physical exam, run any necessary tests, and come up with an accurate explanation about your weight.


If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact Girl’s Street – A Young Woman’s Health Program – at 908.522.2555.

Signed: TeenHealthFX