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Doctor insights on: Bmi Standard For Teens Is Considered Underweight

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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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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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Im underweight my bmi: 16, tried everything but cant gain kgs, don't hve any disease, can you tell me hw to gain weight?

Im underweight my bmi: 16, tried everything but cant gain kgs, don't hve any disease, can you tell me hw to gain weight?

Can be hard: To gain weight, just like for more individuals the opposite is true in regards to weight loss. Assuming your doctor has ruled any disease like thyroid or malabsorption issues, it will come down to a balancing act of consuming more calories than your burn(need more in than "out"). This can require strict monitoring of the caloric content of your food and activity levels. ...Read more

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My height is 1.532 m my weight is 44.543 kg and my BMI is 18.98 kg . I can't seem to gain weight even with bc pills. Am i consider underweight?

My height is 1.532 m my weight is 44.543 kg and my BMI is 18.98 kg . I can't seem to gain weight even with bc pills. Am i consider underweight?

Underweight: Did these issues develop before age 24? If so you must see a Gynecologist as soon as possible. Even if this occurred closer to age 24 you must see the Gynecologist. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is BMI of 15.9 too underweight?

If your BMI is: 15.9 and you're a female who is about 5 feet tall, your weight would have to be about 80 pounds -- which would be considered very, very thin and probably unhealthy. Are we talking about someone with an eating disorder who needs psychiatric help? ...Read more

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My BMI indicates that I am underweight (bmi is 18.02) should I gain weight?

My BMI indicates that I am underweight (bmi is 18.02) should I gain weight?

You're not a number: The BMI was never intended for use by individuals. If you feel well, are athletic, & keep up with peers at fitness activities, you have no reason to change. Elite track athletes have BMI's like yours. And don't try to gain by eating to gain fat -- a man needs no body fat and a woman needs only a little. Exercise regularly, handle any health issues with your physician's help & weight self-solves. ...Read more

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Is an underweight BMI consistent with someone being fat?

Yes: They can still have excess fat and very little muscle tissue due to poor dietary intake and very limited exercise -- but it is not nearly as common as people who are fat with a high bmi. ...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