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A 36-year-old member asked:

is 130 pounds at 5'8 considered underweight?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
How do you FEEL?: The "healthy weight" tables you've seen are subscientific. Most elite runners and track-and-field athletes are "underweight" If you're trim and able to keep up with the sports you enjoy, you're fine.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I be underweight while eating 3 squares?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Food is fuel: Different cars get different miles per gallon, and different people get more or less out of each calorie they eat. If your engine burns more calories, it will take more food to fuel you. Sometimes this is just your particular metabolism, and sometimes something can be wrong, like an overactive thyroid, that burns the calories you eat faster. Check with your doc or a dietician.
A 20-year-old member asked:

I am really underweight and recently its become a serious concern. I am 5'8" and I weigh 45 kg's. I am considering joining a gym. Should i?

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Dr. Howard Lelvowitz
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See below: Welcome if you are underweight your bones maybe a little weak exercise helps build up bone also increase your caloric intake t gain some weight protein is good to build up muscle.
A member asked:

Im 20 yrs. Old, weigh 100 pounds & i'am 5'7". My b.M.I. Is 15.7. Am i underweight? & if so, what can I do?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Yes. You are underweight since your ideal body weight is 135 pounds. You need to see a dietician to balance your diet and consider regular weightlifting exercise program.
A 29-year-old female asked:

Im 95lbs and 5ft 3 is that underweight lost 40lbs

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 36 years experience
A : A height of 5'3" and a weight of 95 lb correspond to a body mass index of 16.8. The normal bmi is considered to be between 18.5 and 24.9, so you fall into the "underweight" category. It's not clear from your question whether your 40 pound weight loss was something you did on purpose or something that happened on its own. If you've been dieting and are now underweight, then it's probably time to let your calorie intake go up a bit. If, on the other hand, you've lost that weight without intending to, then you should probably see your doctor. Unintended weight loss can indicate hormonal imbalances or other problems that may need to be treated.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What happens when an underweight person exercises more but still eats less?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Loses fat: Any remaining fat will decrease. To build muscle, you need adequate protein.

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