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Created on: 12/20/12 02:35 PM Views: 1987 Replies: 6
bmi/fat question
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Is it possible to have a bmi of 15-16 and a body fat of 31%? Doesn't seem possible to me.

RE: bmi/fat question
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I think somebody has a number wrong someplace. 15 BMI is extremely low.

Vikki ~

RE: bmi/fat question
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM

That is a very disconcerting BMI, but it is possible to be there with 31% body fat.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: bmi/fat question
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

If you google "BMI 15" you'll find it is a dangerously low BMI. One article mentioned it in anorexics. One article mentioned "starvation." That was just a quick glance, I didn't spend a lot of time on it.

Vikki ~

RE: bmi/fat question
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

It is for a child - 9 years-old and 55lbs, so I think for a kid, bmis are different, but not sure. My younger daughter's bmi is 13.7. They are vegan, and I thought they were lean. I am starting the older one on some strength exercises (yoga). They got all these numbers from fitness testing at school.

RE: bmi/fat question
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM

You might want to research BMI #'s for children. I'm betting they're different. Susan may know and chime in.

Vikki ~

RE: bmi/fat question
Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM

BMIs are different for children. This could be totally normal. Would have to know height and gender. You can look at children's BMIs here:

http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education


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