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A 16-year-old female asked:

I am vegan, i eat plenty of food for how active i am, but i am about 8 pounds underweight according to bmi standards. should i be concerned?

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Dr. David Krulak
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Underweight: Having an underweight BMI is correlated with an increase in medical problems. Ensure that in additiion to quantity of food, you are getting an adequate quantity of calories. The way to get to a normal body weight entails gaining weight by taking in more calories than you burn in daily activites.

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Last updated Jul 11, 2014

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