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Have you tried many things to gain weight?

Are those costly, time-consuming, and less effective?

Let’s think differently in your existing setup.

Do you have kids?

If yes, then you may try this option (1,2). It needs to be mentioned here that it may be suitable or recommended for underweight parents only. It would also be a less or no cost-involved happy and healthy approach for gaining weight.


  1. Here mindful and mindless eating (3,4,5) is imbalanced.
  2. Mindless eating attitudes are promoted due to the tendency of parents to nibble on kids’ foods and other exposures (5,6).
  3. You may try to have leftover foods. As a result, the frequency, amount, and diversity of food consumption will be improved dramatically. Thus, the probability of weight gain will be promoted (2).
  4. There is a change in unhealthy practices such as a decrease in physical activities and increased consumption of unhealthy foods(2),
  5. There is also a chance of being overweight and obese if you fail to monitor weight gain as well and mindless eating is continued for the long term (2).

In addition to weight gain, you  may have the following benefits:

  1. It may reduce the stress of both parent and kid(s),
  2. It would increase family bonding,
  3. It may reduce food waste due to leftover foods generated during the feeding of kids,
  4. It may lower the food expenditure of the family due to increased consumption of leftover foods.
  5. No additional cost would be needed for gaining weight,
  6. No new setup is needed, etc.

Try to learn the basics of weight gain or loss (7,8) and act accordingly. As a result, you will be able to figure out the benefits as well as the consequences of this noble option. Later, you may modify it as needed (9).


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  1. Family-based programs targeting childhood obesity can be good for parents, too | American Heart Association
  2. Weight gain among men and women who have a child enter their home – PMC (
  3. Mindful Eating | The Nutrition Source | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  4. 8 steps to mindful eating – Harvard Health
  5. This Is Why You Gain Weight After Having Kids | University of Utah Health
  6. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think | Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (
  7. Hidden causes of weight gain – Harvard Health
  8. Why people become overweight – Harvard Health
  9. Losing weight: Mindfulness may help – Harvard Health

If you are interested to learn more, please visit the following links:

Is Weight Management Difficult? Make It Simple. | Learn Nutrition Online (

Modifying Existing Diets Or Recommending New Diets. Which One Is More Effective? | Learn Nutrition Online (

On-demand Or Forced Feeding? | Learn Nutrition Online (

Enjoy Work With Family Members: Let’s Promote Healthy Environment For Healthy Eating | Learn Nutrition Online (

Sharing Meals: May Be A Practical Option To Maintain Individual Weight | Learn Nutrition Online (

Pastry Or Cake Is Delicious. No Doubt. Make It Healthier By Inserting Mashed And Colored Vegetables And/or Fruit Layers-Especially In Bangladesh | Learn Nutrition Online (

Is It Possible To Diversify And Balance Personal And Groups’ Diet By Balancing Personal And Professional Relationships? | Learn Nutrition Online (

Sugary Foods Or Added Sugars: Bad Or Good? A Big Question. | Learn Nutrition Online (

Kids’ Overweight And Obesity Problems. Are You Blaming Your Kids? | Learn Nutrition Online (


By Md. Khurshidul Zahid, Ph.D.

Md. Khurshidul Zahid Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science (INFS) of The University of Dhaka (DU) of Bangladesh. He has completed his Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University (TTU), USA. He was a finalist in the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition organized by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), Experimental Biology (EB) meeting held in Boston in 2015. He was also awarded a gold medal by “Professor Dr. Quazi Salamatullah trust foundation” of INFS, DU in 2005.

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