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How does BMI work with teens and children? Do they use a different scale?

How does BMI work with teens and children? Do they use a different scale?

Yes: Bmi for teens and children is differnt for that of adults. Teens and children's bmis are gender and age specific. For more information, check out www.Cdc.Gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi/about_childrens_bmi.Html the site has bmi charts and bmi calculator for children and teens. ...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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Can you tell me in my late 20's. my BMI is 16.8. I'm rather short and weigh just 90 pounds. the scale says 92-ish rightt know what to do. will I die?

Can you tell me in my late 20's. my BMI is 16.8. I'm rather short and weigh just 90 pounds. the scale says 92-ish rightt know what to do. will I die?

Breaking news: Hi. Yes, you will die...EVERYONE will die. One of the definitions of life is the phenomenon of death. Therefore, live life to the fullest each & every day, leave the world a better place than you found it, and love along the way. But, yes, you will die. ...Read more

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Is a BMI calculating scale safe while pregnant?

Yes: But of no more value than a normal scale. The bmi calculation is easy, and available on the web or as a phone app. ...Read more

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What is my BMI if I am 5ft 0in.'s and i weigh 140lbs on the dr's scale . I had a baby 3 months ago as well?

What is my BMI  if I am 5ft 0in.'s and i weigh 140lbs on the dr's scale . I had a baby 3 months ago as well?

BMI = 27.3: The bmi is calculated using the body mass divided by the height. The suggested ideal bmi for a female over 20 is 21.5 while a 27.3 would be considered in the overweight category.This would be expected so soon after delivering a baby. ...Read more

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My BMI is normal (about 22), but my body fat is high for my age & height (about 30% according to a digital scale). Do I need to lose weight?

My BMI is normal (about 22), but my body fat is high for my age & height (about 30% according to a digital scale). Do I need to lose weight?

Probably not: A bmi of 22 it would not typically be necessary to lose weight.Bioimpedance with home scales can be inaccurate and vary widely depending on level of hydration.Urinating could change the % by as much as 5%.Also % can vary based on athlete vs sedentary. Women naturally carry a higher body fat percentage compared to men. As such, 30% is not necessarily out of range. Work on resistance training to dec. ...Read more

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I'm curious why even with weight loss (-17pounds) my scale BMI doesn't really ever change?

Know body compositio: It is important not to confuse bmi with body fat. The bmi (body mass index) numbers are not percentages of body fat. If bmi is same but fat is decreasing. There are quite a few groups of people for whom bmi is not as accurate –- short women and muscular people, to name two. Bmi also varies according to some ethnic groups. Knowing body fat percentage is an improvement over bmi. ...Read more

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I'm curious why even with weight loss (-17pounds) my scale BMI doesn't really ever change?

Need more info: Study findings appearing in the may 2010 issue of "obstetrics and gynecology" suggest that racial- and ethnic-specific bmi cutoff values are needed as current cutoffs fail to identify many whites and hispanics as overweight. Other diagnostic measures such as waist circumference and blood pressure should be used in combination with bmi to accurately determine health risk. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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As a doctor, what is your opinion on the BMI scale? Accurate or unreliable? I personally believe body fat percentages are a better reference.

As a doctor, what is your opinion on the BMI scale? Accurate or unreliable? I personally believe body fat percentages are a better reference.

Neither are perfect: Body fat is not well standardized as to "normal". You are right, that muscular people have a high bmi but low body fat. Why do you need either? If you are physically fit, eating well, and like the way you look, you don't need either of these measures. ...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