Should I be concerned about my BMI?

Reply Sat 9 Mar, 2013 12:57 am
I have a BMI of 16. My doctor says I'm healthy. I don't have any health problems other than my low BMI like anemia or problems with my menstrual cycle, but I looked online today and it said that people with a low BMI are at risk for osteoporosis! Should I be concerned? What foods can I eat to increase my weight up to the normal range the healthy way?
Reply Sat 9 Mar, 2013 08:53 am
Your doctor's assessment is what you should go by - and keep in mind that BMI is a kind of catch-all and is a good estimate but should not be used as if it were a perfect measurement for everyone. It's not.

Contact your doctor and ask to be referred to a licensed nutritionist. Explain what you've said here - that you're worried about future osteoporosis and want to gain a little weight healthfully.

When you go to the nutritionist, you'll likely talk about calcium. It may also be a good idea to speak with this person about types of cooking that would be better than others. If, say, Chinese cooking is suggested to you, maybe a class would be helpful (and fun!).
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Reply Wed 27 Mar, 2013 05:32 am
You need to eat food rich in calcium.
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Reply Fri 29 Mar, 2013 05:58 am
Obviously…. You have to take care of your BMI
You can take all natural peanut butter, almonds, cashews & other nuts
Fruits, especially fruit juice & dried fruit
Whole grains, pastas, rice & high calorie breakfast cereals
Potatoes, yams
Dips & spreads
Beans & other legumes
Dairy such as whole milk, cheese, yogurt
Oily fish such as salmon, tuna or fish oil supplements
Red meats
Cooked vegetables/meats/etc in olive oil
Good Luck
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