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A 36-year-old member asked:

how can i increase my bmi, in a week.?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I have a better idea: You can pig out on food and get fat. That is not a good idea. This won't make you healthy. Most of what you read about "healthy BMI" is bunk. What you can do instead is join a group of serious athletes and share a sport that you enjoy, strenuously and spending a lot of time. This will get you the health that trying to manipulate a number will never do.
Dr. Inaam Schneider
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
I agree . Eating too much is unhealthy , especially eating a lot of carbs . Join a cross fit group . That will help bulk up , providing you are eating enough healthy calories .
May 23, 2014

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Is a BMI of 17.8 considered healthy?

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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Stability is key: Certainly this is below 18.5, which is the low end of normal. However, if you have always been thin, then this is really nothing to worry about. If there are signs of eating disorders, these in themselves have significant health consequences and need to be addressed.

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