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My BMI is 25.5. I's this considered overweight? I'm 5'3 and weight 144 pounds.

My BMI is 25.5. I's this considered overweight? I'm 5'3 and weight 144 pounds.

Yes: It is slightly over weight. It is not good for a young person to start out adult life as being over-weight. See this site for more info. http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bminojs.htm. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more


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I'm currently 17 years old doing weight watchers. I weigh 241.6 lbs. Will weight watchers work for me?

I'm currently 17 years old doing weight watchers. I weigh 241.6 lbs. Will weight watchers work for me?

Usually: No diet program works for everyone but weightwatcher has a good record. However without regular exercise (including weight-training), the chances for you to maintain long-term weight loss is not good even if you had great success initially. One cannot diet forever. ...Read more

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Ultimate weight loss plans out there for morbidly obese women?

Ultimate weight loss plans out there for morbidly obese women?

Consider surgery: Once obesity has become this extreme, successful weight loss by diet alone is unlikely. She would do well to ask her physician about bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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Need BMI or height to weight chart for men?

Need BMI or height to weight chart for men?

BMI chart for men: Take a look at the attached chart. ...Read more

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What are some good (safe) herbal weight management options?

What are some good (safe) herbal weight management options?

Herbal Weight Mgmt: Herbs that improve your glucose and Insulin metabolism, lower your cortisol surges, and boost your basal metabolism can all help with weight management. Cinnamon, bitter melon, fenugreek, sylvestre, green tea, and ashwaganda are all potentially helpful. ...Read more

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Is the weight watchers program safe and effective for the morbidly obese?

Is the weight watchers program safe and effective for the morbidly obese?

Yes.: Virtually any weight loss program will result in weight loss for someone who is morbidly obese over the short term. This could include something as easy as tracking calories, walking more or as elaborate as getting a personal trainer/chef or joining a health club or weight watchers program. The most important thing to consider is whether the weight loss will be sustainable over the long run. ...Read more

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Im morbidly obese i'm 5'3 weight 230lbs what would u recommend for losing weight?

Im morbidly obese i'm 5'3 weight 230lbs what would u recommend for losing weight?

Small steps: Significant weight loss starts with small weight loss. Set smaller, 5 lb goals and achieve many of these through daily cardiovascular exercise. This is as easy as a 30-40 minute walk daily. Be persistent and you will succeed. ...Read more

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What are reliable, doctor-recommended high calorie foods for muscle gain?

What are reliable, doctor-recommended high calorie foods for muscle gain?

Several.: Meat. Cheese. Nuts. Shell fish! milk. Eggs. Many others! greens are great, but low cal. You do need them and some veggies for fiber and complete nutrition! ...Read more

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Are amway weight management products effective?

Are amway weight management products effective?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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Weight for height and age women--africa vs asia?

Weight for height and age women--africa vs asia?

There is no answer!: Too many sub-races and ethnicities, and variables that\ are social: food availability and healthcare. Example, south koreans are larger than north koreans. In africa, if you are a watusi, you will be taller than someone from the congo. There is no answer, because of the variables. ...Read more

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What is appropriate weight for height ratio?

What is appropriate weight for height ratio?

No longer used: Weight for height ratios are no longer the standard for assessing adiposity. Bmi and waist circumference are. Please see this website: http://win.Niddk.Nih.Gov/publications/tools.Htm. ...Read more

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Wich medication is better to start obesity treatment? Qsymia, belviq (lorcaserin) or diethylpropion?

Wich medication is better to start obesity treatment? Qsymia,  belviq (lorcaserin) or  diethylpropion?

Difficult: Drugs should only be used for severe obesity with complications, and where diet and exercise have already been tried. Qsymia and dietylpropion both contain stimulants which can be addictive and increase the risk of heart damage. For that reason, Belviq (lorcaserin) has advantages. It can also be given with other heart safe drugs like orlistat and topiramate. ...Read more

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What alternative options for protein c& s deficiency other than prescription drugs?

What alternative options for protein c& s deficiency other than prescription drugs?

None known to be: Effective. Protein c&s deficiencies are related to abnormal clotting of blood and need prescription medication to prevent ill-effects of this genetic anomaly. ...Read more

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How effective are 500 calorie diets work for losing weight?

How effective are 500 calorie diets work for losing weight?

Very low: Likely unsustainable and once the intake increases the body stores many of the calories. Excersize and 4-5 small meals with a 12-1500 cal. Total intake will help the metabolism and help with weight loss. ...Read more

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What are weight gaining supplements for women and/or weight gaining methods?

What are weight gaining supplements for women and/or weight gaining methods?

Fat vs fit: You may want to gain weight but not fat. Lean body mass can increase with the combination of increase caloric intake and exercise. Resistance training and weights will help you gain mass. ...Read more

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Is low body fat with higher than ideal weight ok for health?

Is low body fat with higher than ideal weight ok for health?

Yes: In order to have a high BMI and low body fat, you would have to have more muscle. More muscle is good for health. Body builders typically have higher than normal BMI (greater than 25 or 30), but are not considered overwight or obese ...Read more

Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more