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Understanding BMI

03/11/2009

Question:

I am thirteen, fourteen in a month, and I weigh 112. I am 5 feet and 4 inches, is this a normal weight? Am I overweight? Thanks.

Answer:

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 19.2, which means you are on the light side of a healthy weight for either gender (you didn't say if you are a boy or a girl). Since you are young and possibly in your growth spurt or about to enter it, it is good for you to be on the light side of normal/healthy.

Your BMI is a measure of your body's fatness. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered the healthiest.

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Response by:

Sharron   Coplin, MS, RD, LD Sharron Coplin, MS, RD, LD
Former Lecturer
Food & Nutrition
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University