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Understanding calories

The amount of energy in an item of food or drink is measured in calories. When we eat and drink more calories than we use up, our bodies store the excess as body fat. If this continues over time we may put on weight. As…

Underweight adults

Being underweight isn't good for your health. Find out what you can do if you're concerned about yourself or someone else. Weighing too little can contribute to a weakened immune system, fragile bones and feeling tired. You can check if you're underweight by using our Healthy…

Underweight children aged 2-5

Two- to five-year-olds may be small, but they're growing and need the energy (calories) and nutrients that come from a varied and balanced diet. If your child is underweight, they may not be getting enough calories. If you're concerned that your child is underweight or not…

Underweight children aged 6-12

Children aged 6-12 are still growing, which means they need the energy (calories) and nutrients that come from a varied and balanced diet. If your child is underweight, they may not be getting enough calories. If you're concerned that your child is underweight or not growing normally, see your…

Underweight teen boys

Are you worried about being underweight? Or perhaps your friends or parents have mentioned it? We all grow and develop at different rates. You may have friends who are taller, heavier and more muscular than you. Lots of boys don't reach their adult height and…

Underweight teen girls

You may be wondering if you're underweight. Or perhaps your friends or parents have mentioned it. You can check by using our healthy weight calculator. If you're underweight, your GP, practice nurse or school nurse can give you help and advice. There could be a…

Using a sperm donor: what you need to know

Making the decision to start a family with the help of a sperm donor can be difficult, and there are many issues to consider. Here's what you need to know. Donor sperm can help you become a parent, regardless of your sexuality, gender, and whether…

Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

Over recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Evidence is still developing on how effective they are, but many people have found them helpful for quitting. An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows you to inhale…

Vagina changes after childbirth

The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and might feel wider, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and the ways you can help speed up recovery. When you give birth, the baby travels through the cervix and out through the…

The vegan diet

A vegan diet contains only plants - such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits - and foods made from plants. Vegans don't eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs. Healthy eating as a vegan You should be able to get most of the nutrients you…
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