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A 16-year-old female asked:

I am 16 years old, 5"2', female, and 115 lbs. i want to lose weight without my family noticing. how many pounds can i lose without them realizing?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Blum
Pediatrics 67 years experience
Your weight is OK!!!: Your Body Mass Index ,BMI , is about right, you should not lose weight.
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
None: At 62" and 115lbs you are very close to your ideal weight. Exercising can redistribute your weight between fat and muscle and you can appear more athletic without losing any weight. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Hmmmmmmmm: Well, probably about five, to answer your question. BUT, here's the thing, WHY do you want to hide this from your family? What are you most worried about? Would they disapprove? Do you feel as if you are significantly overweight? (You're not) Some families are not up for honest open discussions, but you could TRY? Counseling might help?
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 34 years experience
Not recommended: Your BMI is 21 (right in the middle of the range). You're totally NORMAL for your height. We've had discussions with one of our daughters who got all the way down to 107. She's 5' 3". She just HAD to get down. She didn't look good at all, just way too thin, her periods stopped, constant hunger, pale, her friends started asking her what was going on. She is now holding at 116. Please reconsider.
Last updated Apr 9, 2015

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