How much weight should I gain?
Asked by on Sep 14, 2009
in Family & Pregnancy
I am 4'9" and 80 pounds. I feel very skinny and everyone is always telling me that I am, and so how can I gain weight as quickly as possible? How much should I gain and how should I do it?
You do not have to gain weight. For your gender (female) and age (13 years and 3 months), your current Body Mass Index (BMI) is 17.3, which places you in the healthy weight range when plotted on the CDC BMI-for-age growth charts. Your doctor has been using a growth chart to plot your growth pattern since birth. Ask your doctor to interpret your growth chart for you. In terms of diet, you just need to eat a balanced diet of wholesome food in response to your appetite. Kids also need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.