Patient :I'm 22 years old, 5'3" tall, weighing at 60 kgs.
I have gained 8 kgs within 2 months with absolutely no changes in my diet or routine. The weight does mostly gather in my lower body. My diet is typical Pakistani diet with wholewheat bread as a staple and vegetables and grains making the bulk of my diet. Red meat and fish are rare because I am not a big fan. The only dairy I consume is curd, and that too is occasional. No junk food, pizzas, pasta, burgers, cold drinks (or any drinks for that matter save for water). Every doctor I've sought for the matter has discarded my concerns owing to the fact that I'm still in okay BMI range and "too young to worry about such things, just exercise".
I really don't know where to start and what to do. I don't know what bloodwork I should have done if any and what changes to make to my diet. I cannot exercise because I have almost debilitating right knee pain (will be seeing a doctor for that in a week). I'm at a loss for what to do. Kindly guide me as to where I should start or look into?
Thank you for posting your query at ATD for an opinion.
I understand your concern and would like to know a little more about yourself before giving any comments or suggestions.
What is your gender?
You have mentioned about weight gain in lower half of the body- could you please specify the location? Whether it's waist, hips, or thighs. It determines the weight gain pattern.
Can you proportionate your diet into Carbs, protein, and fats?
Are you currently on any medication?
How many meals you take in a day including snack meals and sneak meals? Do you eat to your hearts desire or just the amount of food to suffice hunger? Include details of time of meals, your waking up and sleeping time?
You are just 22 year old, which knee condition are you suffering from?
Kindly follow up with answers to these questions for better evaluation of your condition. Feel free to discuss further.
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