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according to the bmi on here mine 1s 17.4 at 5'2 and 95lb....is that to low to maintain? as i dont look particullarly thin and have a small bone structure..

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I plugged in age 19, weight 95, height 5'2" and female = it came out that you were considered "underweight."  So shouldn't you be eating more, if I typed in the correct stats?

oh yeah sorry im 18.

Yes, that's too low to maintain.

The BMI scale assumes a range of frame sizes/bone structures - the low end of the BMI scale is for smaller frame sizes.

This is what I got when I typed in 18.

"Based upon your current Body Mass Index (BMI) of 17.4, you are currently classed as underweight. A healthy BMI for your gender and age is between 18.2 and 25.7."

How many calories a day are you eating?

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I went to this site which has a BMI calculator for teens.  This is what I got for you, using your basic information: "Your BMI is 17.4.  That puts you below the 5 percentile, which indicates that you are underweight.  The healthy weight range for your height and age is 97 to 143."

http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/wellb eing/weight_height.html#a_BMI_Calculator

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Please make sure you get to a healthy weight and be sure to eat enough and to eat healthy.

I say this every day but the bmi range that is on the low end is for small boned people. It takes this in to account. Being underweight puts you at risk for a lot of health complications. This is beyond vanity. What are your calories and activity?

oh its so confusing almost every bmi calculator online gives a different weight. and doing it myself just makes it even lower...why do they vary so much i thought they all worked on the idea of height in metres squared and weight in kg then divide weight by height...

If the range is 97 to 143 and you weigh 95 then you are only two pounds under the low range.  Do you feel good, look good and are healthy per your doctor?      &n bsp;

it doesn't matter whether you look particularly thin or not, there are health risks associated with being underweight. how did you get to your current weight? yes, you should gain. your immune system is suppressed, you risk not getting enough nutrients, and your development is impeded when you are underweight and not fueling your body appropriately. I'd gain at least to 100 pounds, 105-110 ideally.

I dont' understand how you can not look particularly thin... My daughter is 13, 5', and 116 lbs... She is soo damn skinny!  She only wears a size 1.

 Her BMI is 22.7 which shows she is mildly overweight...

Personally, I don't understand how anyone that wears a size 1 or 3 can be considered mildly overweight.

 

22.7 is mildly overweight? Is that because of the age?

Original Post by maryjayne91:

oh its so confusing almost every bmi calculator online gives a different weight. and doing it myself just makes it even lower...why do they vary so much i thought they all worked on the idea of height in metres squared and weight in kg then divide weight by height...

you must be confusing bmi and body fat %.  bmi is a simple ratio, and you won't see variation.  body fat % calculators use different methods to estimate, so they can vary.

Must be bsh....

Original Post by kimconnell:

I dont' understand how you can not look particularly thin... My daughter is 13, 5', and 116 lbs... She is soo damn skinny!  She only wears a size 1.

 Her BMI is 22.7 which shows she is mildly overweight...

Personally, I don't understand how anyone that wears a size 1 or 3 can be considered mildly overweight.

 

 She isn't overweight.

Another reason for charts and calculators (that give averages in a very impersonal, general sense) to be off-the-mark is that lean muscle mass can be a much more important factor than age, weight, and/or height.  Many of the charts, calculators, etc. that I  have viewed do not take into consideration how athletic someone is such as someone who weight-trains or runs a lot, etc. They also don't always do a good job on estimating body build, etc. So I definitely agree that your daughter is NOT overweight.

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