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I just went to the page to
calculate my BMI and found the results to be very interesting and a
bit surprising because I was just at my Dr last week. This is trying
to tell me that I'm underweight for my height. I weighed in at
113lbs at the Dr last week and I'm 5'4". I would think if I was
under weight my Dr would have said so, don't you??

I've bin with her for eight years and she's helped me through
everything that I have wrong with me, witch is a lot. The heavyset
I've ever bin was 142, but I was ready to give birth, so guess that
doesn't count. I've always bin around this weight, or a little more at
120 lbs. When I saw my Dr last week she told me all of my blood work
was fine and my cholesterol was only a 2, witch she said was great.
So should I be concerned with the results of this or go with what
my Dr said?

You have to also keep in mind I'm on nine to twelve difference meds
everyday. I take some for my brittle bones, for seizures, for to
much acid in my stomach I could go on, but I don't want to boar you
and longer.

So what do you ladies think, is my weight to low like this page
says, or is it fine like my Dr said?
Sep 19, 2011 @ 08:28 am

12 Replies


I don't think you need to worry!

At 5'4'' and 113 lbs you are on the small side but I don't think you need to worry too much. If your Doctor didn't say anything than I don't think you are malnurished in any way and I am sure that your meds will affect your weight too maybe?

In any case, you said you have always been small, I really don't think there is any cause for concern. If you want to try gaining some weight by eating cake and pizza and McDonalds every day though I will most definitely support you in that ;) lol!

Sep 19, 2011 @ 09:32 am

Thanks Alexjc

But I already eat all of that kind of stuff and I haven't gain any, I've even lost some since the begin of summer. I was 117 in June, ate like a pig all summer and I still lost weight. Go figure that one out. I made some banana bread yesterday, I think I'll hide it from my teenage boys and eat it all myself.LOL
Sep 19, 2011 @ 09:49 am

tricky subject

I have a friend whose child is really really heavy. And I am not talking Toronto or New York City's version of "heavy" (which for many other areas of the country is closer to "average"). This is a big kid, plain and simple.

But the pediatrician will only say "he's in the upper range" or "he's gonna have one big upwards growth spurt soon!" My friend fully realizes that her kid is overweight and is doing whatever she can to encourage more sports, better foods, and overall better habits.

My point is that sometimes even doctors are careful about giving people labels. That doesn't mean that some people shouldn't have a medical professional tell them "look, you could lose a few" or "you should gain a few".

I think you should let your good sense be your guide. You said you have health challenges, and if your bloodwork was showing bad signals your doc probably would have said that much.

If you are otherwise feeling healthy, I think your size is probably just fine especially if you have always been that size. Any time anyone's size changes drastically to the heavier or to the lighter should be cause for careful assessment of overall health (pregnancy might be an exception here because 30ish pounds is very much to be expected).

It sounds like you are just a naturally small person, and 113 is still within what many would probably consider a healthy weight. If you were closer to 100, that would probably raise some concern though.
Sep 19, 2011 @ 09:53 am

Thanks Anonymous

One of the biggest things I get from family and friends is that I'm to
small. I feel fine at this weight, other than never being able to find
jeans that fit me that is. Sometimes I wonder to myself if they're all
just seeing me as to small because they're not and wish they were. It's
not like I don't eat because I do, just not like everyone else does. I
usually don't eat a thing until late afternoon, or dinner, but then I'm
picking all night long. Its almost like being on shift work where you
could be asleep during the day and eat more at night. The only thing I
ever drink is water and ounce in awhile some milk. I'm a junk food
junky, cookies, chips, cake, you name it if its sweet I'm eating it, but
I eat everything else as well. So I'm not sure if this is just who I am
and will always be like this, or if everyone that tells me I need to
put some weight on is right. I'm pretty sure if my Dr had some concern
about this she would have said because she's not the type to hold back a
thing. She tells me everything even if I don't want to hear it. I guess I was just letting that web site get into my head to much. Thanks ladies you have put my mind at ease now.

Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:13 am

I wish I had your metabolism!

Lost weight while eating a buffet every night???!!!

I think maybe you need to extract some of your DNA and sell it on the blackmarket- you'd make a fortune!

Mmmm maybe you are just going through a weird phase? If you do keep losing and are concerned, definitely bring it up with your doctor. It is always better safe than sorry right?

Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:14 am

I will

I go in every three months so it will be easy enough to keep my eye on. My oldest son told me the web site was right that I was to thin. He was trying to tell me he was fine, but he's a skinny mini to, so I put his info in. I thought for sure it was going to say the same thing for him, but it didn't, it said he was good. Never try and show up a teenage unless you know for sure you're right. You'll never hear the end of it!! LOL
Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:21 am


I think everyone has already made some good points and all I have to add to this conversation is to say that not eating for 15-16 hours in a stretch for many people is not the healthiest idea. If you're not eating from, say, midnight until 4pm the next day, you are going 16 hours without proper nutrition (water doesn't count as "nutrition").

Let me be clear - I'm not trying to say that you are unhealthy. Only you and your doctor can decide that. I just know that I would be.

All the studies that talk about "women who eat breakfast typically weigh less than women who skip it" are referring to the fact that when you do not eat for long stretches of time, your metabolism switches over to conservation mode. I once heard that this is how sumo wrestlers put on weight - they only eat once per day, but that feast is insanely high in calories. When your body is in conservation mode, it wants to store every single calorie instead of burning them. If you stay in "regular" mode, your body never gets worried that it'll starve.

What I'm basically trying to say is that many docs would probably recommend you eat 3 balanced meals at regular intervals with a small healthy snack in between. I have found for my personal health that when I do this, I have the most energy, the strongest immune system, and the easiest time maintaining my desired body weight.

Again, what works for me is not necessarily what will work for you or what is best for you. I'm not a doctor, nurse, or nutritionist, so take my comments with a boulder of salt. I'm only trying to add to the conversation by saying that I find another method is better for me.
Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:27 am

I agree with you mamaluv

I know my eating habits suck big time, its just what I've always done
since I was a kid. I guess my body is just use to it. I've found that if
I do eat more during the day it make's me feel way to full and almost
sick like. I know I'm strange, but don't get me wrong, my Dr doesn't
agree with the way I eat and is always trying to get me to eat better. I
even tried it for awhile and all it did was bring my sugar level up way
to high. The Dr told me that I was eating to much of what she called
white foods. Like pasta, white bread, stuff like that. So I stopped and
went back to the way I always ate. The next blood work I did came back
fine again. Its very strange I know. I do take a multivitamin, vitamin D
and a calcium pill along with all the drugs she has me on, so that
could be whats helping to keep me going through the day.

Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:48 am

BMI can be misleading at times

BMI should only be used as a general guideline, not "gospel truth" so to speak. My BMI currently puts me at a borderline over-weight range (according to the chart thing) but appearance-wise, I feel like I'm at the perfect weight.
Things like muscle mass & bone structure need to be taken into consideration, and just straight up calculating your bmi through height/weight doesn't do that. You said you were on medication for brittle bones - having a low bone density will affect & lower your bmi number.
Then there's your metabolism rate, genetics, etc. I know one girl who can out-eat almost any grown man, and she is TINY. (and lucky lol) Another friend of mine is extremely careful about what she eats, lots of vegetables, exercises regularly, but she's naturally a more full-figured woman.

If you trust your doctor, and if you feel generally healthy, and you're not at an extreme (low or high) then thats the most important thing. And I totally agree with mamaluv, going such long periods without eating isn't the best habit :-P

The best thing to do in my opinion/experience, is follow the Canadian Food Guide, and spread out your meals. Eating 5-6 times a day is the best... smaller portions more often is easier on your system, rather than 2-3 larger meals.

(sorry if this sounds long and preachy lol... my younger sister has struggled with an eating disorder since she was a teenager, and I've actually learned alot through what she's learned from different dietitians and nutritionists.)

I hope some of this helps!! :-)
Sep 19, 2011 @ 05:44 pm

I HATE BMI charts!

I have no idea why we even use this as a medical tool sometimes lol Even on the labour and delivery ward - I've seen written on charts "5/4, 186 pounds, BMI 35 - obese". Um, she's having a baby. She's not obese. You can't use pregnancy weight as an indicator of obesity!

Even then, my husband is 6'3 and 220 pounds and would be classified as overweight but he is not at all. He's an athlete (still some wedding weight though lol) and muscle weighs more than fat. I just find BMI charts to be misleading and often unrealistic. I wish we didn't have to use them but alas, we do. Hopefully some day we can have a more reliable tool!

My point is that I wouldn't worry. As long you're eating and your bloodwork is ok and you're looking healthy (colour in skin, shiny hair, etc) then you're just fine!
Dec 06, 2011 @ 07:03 pm

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