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Doctor insights on: Bmi Standard For Teens Is Considered Under Weight

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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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Which BMI standard for teens is considered under weight?

Pediatrician: Every child/teen is different- it really depends on where the growth curve has been. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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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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Will doctors use differnt BMI calculations for teens and adults?

Will doctors use differnt BMI calculations for teens and adults?

Calculation is same: The formula to calculate the bmi is the same for people of all ages. However, the standards of how much of the population is above a certain bmi number changes with age, location, ethnic background and overall health. A 13 year old with a bmi of 22 may be way at the top of the obesity scale, while, for an adult, a bmi of 22 is just middle-level overweight. ...Read more

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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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How can I gain weight? I have been struggling to gain weight and according to my age , height, and BMI I am considered underweight.

Check caloric intake: The most common reason for being underweight according to bmi assuming you are taking in enough calories for your height is genetics. If one of your parents have he same body type, it does become more difficult to gain weight. With that said, it is important to eat more calories that what you are expending. Check how many calories you are burning at rest, with daily activities, and with exercis. ...Read more

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If someone that trains weight lifting and trains natural and his weight is 69kg and his hight is 163cm, is his BMI considered normal ?

If someone that trains weight lifting and trains natural and his weight is 69kg and his hight is 163cm,  is his BMI considered normal ?

Remember: That depending on your degree of muscularity, it's possible that BMI will be a suboptimal measure of your body fat. This is particular true in lean muscular mean. So while your numbers still suggest an elevated BMI, in the range of "overweight" you overall may limited issues body fat wise. ...Read more

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If my son who is 16.5 yrs old weight 168.5 pounds and is 5ft 3inch tall. Is this considered obses? What is optimum for him? Bmi is 30 and waist 36

Yes : If your son has a bmi of anything above 24-26 and especially > 27 with other health problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure then he would be considered clinically obese and therefore at risk healthwise. I would consult your doctor to check labs to rule out thyroid or diabetes. ...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 weight & BMI should I be at 5'9 & 28 year old female?

BMI: Bmi is calculated weight to height. Ideal and high risk are standardized for adult ideal is18.5 to 25, 25 to 30 is overweight and 30 plus is considered obese. These are not generally age dependent. Another way to determine ideal weight for a female is 100 pounds for 5 foot and 5 pounds per inch for every inch over 5 foot. There are allowances for large and small bone. Hope this helped. ...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