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Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index is also known as BMI. 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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My BMI seems really low is that a bad thing?

My BMI seems really low is that a bad thing?

The opposite: you are 20 years old skinny with low BMI you are the center of envy most women going to hate you for it if you feel healthy,energetic,able to exercise no sickness you are OK now if you think you are too skinny or pale you would like to gain weight see a doctor they will make sure you do not have any medical problem like anemia or thyroid or any other endocrine problem and help you to gain weight ...Read more

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What is my bmi?

What is my bmi?

Body mass index: Body mass index is a calculated number using the following formula: (703 x weight in lbs.) divided by height in inches squared. Ideal bmi is between 18.5 and 25.0. Overweight is a bmi between 25.0-29.9, obese is a bmi of 30.0 or greater. ...Read more

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So hard for me to gain weight, what foods that can easily make my BMI in normal range? My BMI is 17.4

Need more info: If you are otherwise healthy, leave your weight alone. In a few years you will gain weight, without trying and then wish for it to be lower. As long as you have not had a recent unintended weight loss, do not worry about your low bmi. If you have any symptoms, e.g., diarrhea, anemia, weakness, skin changes, please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is a BMI of 18.4 good?

Can you tell me is a BMI of 18.4 good?

Underweight: Check out http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm which states body mass index less than 18.5 is underweight with normal 18.5-24.9, overweight 25-29.9 and obese being 30 or greater. With that said, body composition is just as, if not more, important than body weight. So if you're lean, that's better than being out of shape. Still, best to see family doc for complete evaluation. ...Read more

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How is my BMI measured?

How is my BMI measured?

Use height and weigh: BMI is a calculated value using your weight in kilograms and dividing by your height in meters squared Kg/M2. The easiest way to find this value is to just use a BMI calculator online. You can google "BMI calculator" and just plug your values in and it will give you an answer in a couple of seconds. ...Read more

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What to do to reduce BMI from 29 to 23 in 2 weeks?

Not possible : There is no safe way to lose that much weight that quickly. ...Read more

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What is bmi?

What is bmi?

Body Mass Index: Bmibody mass index bmi is used to find out if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. ...Read more

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If kid has BMI under 20 is that ok at 18>?

If kid has BMI under 20 is that ok at 18>?

Common sense: A boy needs no body fat, a girl only a little bit. Many elite track athletes have bmi's that put them "underweight". If junior is growing up fairly happy, is adequately muscled and is able to keep up with others in his favorite sport, stop worrying about his bmi. It was never intended as an ideal for individuals, and life's difficult enough. Encourage study, skill acquisiton ; fitness, not eating. ...Read more

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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