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Doctor insights on: Measuring The Bmi Of Heavy Boned Heavy Muscular People Accurately

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How can I gain weight? I've ate a lot of food everyday, almost more than 3 meals a day. But my BMI says i'm still underweight..

How can I gain weight? I've ate a lot of food everyday, almost more than 3 meals a day. But my BMI says i'm still underweight..

How tall are you,: How much to you weight, what is your age and gender? If you are otherwise healthy, do not worry about low bmi. In a few years you will gain weight without trying and then will look back at this period fondly. ...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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Ht is 5ft10.5 wt. 143 lbs & is my BMI is good or should I have to gain weight. M well muscular built.My weight is not going to increase I have tried?

Ht is 5ft10.5 wt. 143 lbs & is my BMI is good or should I have to gain weight. M well muscular built.My weight is not going to increase I have tried?

Ideal body weight : Although you are a bit on the thin side, your weight (and bmi) are still within a normal range. As long as you are healthy and do not have any nutritional deficiencies, your weight is fine. ...Read more

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Why do highly fit, muscular people have bmis that insinuate they are overweight?

Muscle mass: The body mass index (bmi) is simply a calculation based on weight and height. It does not factor in body composition. Muscle is more dense and heavier than the same volume of fat. Therefore someone can have a higher muscle mass accounting for their weight giving her a higher bmi. ...Read more

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What's a good body wt for african american female? I'm 68in, 198lbs, slight muscular build (prefer not to be < 190lbs. Don't agree w standrd BMI recs.

What's a good body wt for african american female? I'm 68in, 198lbs, slight muscular build (prefer not to be < 190lbs. Don't agree w standrd BMI recs.

BMI is flawed.: The BMI is a flawed indicator, I'll agree with you there, but it's all we have. That being said, your health is paramount. As long as you're not experiencing any weight-related medical conditions, then you're fine for now. ...Read more

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I am a 42 year old female, BMI of 20 - not overweight, with fairly low cholesterol. I have been having pain on the left side of my chest for several days. I had a normal EKG a month ago. My doctor says it's muscular, but i can't seem to get relief from st

I am a 42 year old female, BMI of 20 - not overweight, with fairly low cholesterol. I have been having pain on the left side of my chest for several days. I had a normal EKG a month ago. My doctor says it's muscular, but i can't seem to get relief from st

Chest pain: It sounds like it may be musculoskeletal but always good to ensure. Ice packs and moist heat will definitely help me move in the right direction with gentle stretching and massaging. This type of pain can be very painful so an Ibuprofen may help to. Make sure you take deep breaths or else you may be at risk for a lung infection from taking shallow breaths. ...Read more

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How accurate are BMI charts for measuring health?

How accurate are BMI charts for measuring health?

BMI charts: BMI charts are very good for measuring body mass index - (BMI). The BMI range should be 20-25 but a bit higher might be OK. The most informative way is to get your weight without clothing on (at home of course). and get your height measured without shoes off. Of course your BMI will be lower if you have your height measured wearing high heels. Not a good idea! ...Read more

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What is the I deal weight for a 5ft 5 Australian female aged 22 years old? Is BMI a good measure to rely on?

What is the I deal weight for a 5ft 5 Australian female aged 22 years old? Is BMI a good measure to rely on?

Can't tell, but...: A starting point is 130 lbs. A lot depends on a person's body build. Some are naturally very thin, others thick or big-boned, but most people are somewhere in between. "Australian" is a location, so that doesn't help either, as many different types of bodies are in Australia. BMI is helpful if a person is of average musculature. If very muscular, a perfectly fine person will have a high BMI. ...Read more

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Are BMI ranges a good measure to go buy when setting weight loss goals?

Are BMI ranges a good measure to go buy when setting weight loss goals?

Yes: Aiming to be in the "healthy" BMI (body mass index) zone is a good long term goal for weight loss. However, some persons have mainly tummy fat. For those people, being in the "healthy" BMI range may still not be good enough, because excess tummy fat may be a part of "metabolic syndrome". Metabolic syndrome can lead to diabetes, so those patients should reduce tummy fat even if BMI is "healthy". ...Read more

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Is BMI a good way to determine proper weight? I've heard body fat % is morene accurate. A 5-6 solid muscle guy could be over 200 lbs& considered obese

Is BMI a good way to determine proper weight? I've heard body fat % is morene accurate. A 5-6 solid muscle guy could be over 200 lbs& considered obese

Both would be best.: The BMI reflects your weight with respect to your height, but as you suggested does not reflect body composition. People who are very muscular could have a higher BMI that would not be truly reflective of their fitness and health. Combining the BMI with a body fat percentage would greatly increase its accuracy. ...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

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Hi my height is 5-2ft and my weight is 55kg my BMI 22 i guess. Is this healthy?

Hi my height is 5-2ft and my weight is 55kg my BMI 22 i guess. Is this healthy?

Lookin' good!: This looks pretty good. I recalculated your BMI and got the same thing. Normal weight is considered to be a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9, so you're right in the middle. Consider some measure of body fat, as well. Acceptable range for women is 25-31% body fat. Most important for health is to develop nutritional, physical, emotional and spiritual balance and fitness. Good luck...you're on the right track! ...Read more

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My BMI is only 16.1, no matter what I do I don't gain weight. I need help. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

My BMI is only 16.1, no matter what I do I don't gain weight. I need help. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Need to see doctor.: I usually like to provide concrete answers to questions here, but your query requires some definitive testing. There could be many metabolic, infectious, nutritional, gastrointestinal, endocrine issues causing the problem with your weight. Your BMI is dangerously low. You need to initiate a local work-up with a doctor right away. Please. ...Read more

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Are online BMI calculators accurate?

Yes, but...: The calculator will give you an accurate bmi, but how well that measures your fitness/health is unclear. I've had finely tuned athletes show up as obese according to bmi. If you're concerned about it just check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Do you need to lose weight if BMI 26?

It depends: If your bmi is that number because of fat composition, then proper weight loss by eliminating certain processed foods like bread, cakes, cookies, pasta, fruit drinks and flavored yogurts, etc. May be healthy. If it's due to muscle mass, then you don't need to lose any weight. ...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