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A 17-year-old female asked:

Cn i b healthy even if i'm slightly underweight? i havn't been e naturally thin kind of person my whole childhd n was borderline overweight b4.

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Dr. Rachel Chastanet
Bariatrics 34 years experience
BMI needs to be >18: Search "calculate my BMI" or copy and past this address into your browser: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm If you have a BMI (body mass index) over 18, and you eat at least 1 gram of complete protein per kilo of body weight (or about 1.5 per pound) every day and fresh vegetables and fruit, and can exercise without feeling bad, then you are probably fine.
Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
BMI is a good way to evaluate. Make sure that you are being honest with yourself about the degree that you are underweight. When people have been somewhat overweight and lose a fair amount, it is often difficult to evaluate whether they are at a healthy weight or not. your BMI will settle it.
Jun 25, 2014

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