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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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I went to the doctor today and they said my BMI is in the -1 percentile. Is that even possible?

I went to the doctor today and they said my BMI is in the -1 percentile. Is that even possible?

Yes: A BMI in the 1st percentile means you are very thin since about 99% of people have BMIs which are higher than yours. Some people can be healthy but thin, but if you have lost significant weight recently you need to have that checked out ...Read more

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2yo boy. 18.1 BMI (86th percentile) and trending upwards. Need recommendations on books/websites on toddler weight management.

2yo boy.  18.1 BMI (86th percentile) and trending upwards.  Need recommendations on books/websites on toddler weight management.

Elevated BMI: Have your physician do a thorough check up and do any labs, such as thyroid screening. Talk to a nutritionist and visit the American Pediatric Academy site, healthy kids.org to help with dietary management. Avoid feeding by other household members. All the best. ...Read more

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How and who can check. My bmi?

How and who can check. My bmi?

Body mass index: BMI or body mass index can be calculated here: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm There is also a BMI calculator app. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a BMI of under 15?

Low bmi: Make sure the calculation is correct first, but that is a dangerously low bmi and needs to be addressed by a physician. ...Read more

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How can I increase my bmi, in a week.?

How can I increase my bmi, in a week.?

I have a better idea: You can pig out on food and get fat. That is not a good idea. This won't make you healthy. Most of what you read about "healthy BMI" is bunk. What you can do instead is join a group of serious athletes and share a sport that you enjoy, strenuously and spending a lot of time. This will get you the health that trying to manipulate a number will never do. ...Read more

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Is a BMI of 20.5 good for a 17 y/o male?

Low normal.: Well, that's in a normal range, but it's on the low end of normal. As long as you're lean and feel energetic and healthy, then I'm sure it's fine. ...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


Dr. Chad Rudnick
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Pediatrics (Definition)

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