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Gaining weight is a common need for people who have had a significant weight loss due to illness. Cancer patients, AIDS patients and people with some intestinal disorders need weight gain. In many cases preparation for medical treatments, like radiation therapy, advice weight gain. Wasting is common in these diseases because of the battle the body is waging, but also due to stress. Maintaining a healthy weight and ensuring that the body has sufficient fuel, will make the body stronger and better able to fight the disease.