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 Am I Overweight?

=> I was writing to ask you a question. Here it is: How much is a 12 year old girl who is 5'5-5'6 supposed to weigh? Write back please!!! thanks blubber busters!!

=> im 16 years old im about 5'7 and i weigh about 182lbs people say im fat all the time but i was looking for the truth what is the weigh range supposed to be for kids my age and if i am overweight???

=> i want to know if my weight is healthy for my age. I am 13 years old in a few months i'll be 14 though. I weigh about 120 pounds. Is that OK.

=> I would like to know if I am overweight or not I weigh about 123-127 and I am 5'7" or 5'8" . I would really appreciate an answer to my question.

=> Hello, I was wondering if i was overweight. I'm 13, 5'2'' and i weigh 110. Am i overweight?

=> How do I find out how much I am supposed to weigh?

=> I think you should tell how much peoples weight is supose to be because I really want to know. I am 14 and weigh 134 is that all right? or am I an over grown monster?

=> I'm 15 years old. I am 5foot 6inches tall and I weigh 129 pounds. Is this a good weight for me. If I should lose weight, how much should I lose? Thanx muchly

=> Hey I have a question if I am 5 foot five and weigh 110 pounds would I be considered overweight? I am kinda worried since I read your article about it. Thanks,

 Your healthy weight range is determined by many factors: age, height, sex and the percent of body fat necessary for good health. Your doctor or health care provider may use growth charts and may calculate your "Body Mass Index" (BMI) to determine a healthy range for you. Your BMI simply tells how your weight compares to your height.  Your BMI "percentile" tells how your BMI compares to everybody else's.  A BMI above the 85 percentile for your age and sex indicates that you have a risk for being overweight.  It is important to remember that healthy weight falls within a wide range.  For example, a 13-year-old girl who is 5'4" tall would have a healthy weight between 87-127 pounds.  A 16 year-old boy who is 5'7" and still growing should be between 104-154 pounds.  You can measure your BMI percentile and determine your healthy weight range by using the calculator on this site.  Our calculator uses the new growth chart data files just released by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics.  Be reassured that you will still be healthy if you stay within the upper or lower end of the range.


 How can I lose weight?

=> Are there shortcuts to being slim?

=> I saw an ad that advertised a product that promised to take off 37-50lbs. GUARANTEED! Should I order this product and see what happens? I am desperate to lose weight.

=> hey!! i'm a 14 year old girl who is 30 lbs overweight. do u have any suggestions about how to loose the weight, keep it off, exercise more and be healthy??? THANKS

=> my mom had purchased a drink called "hollywood drink" that helps you loose weight in 48hrs. and it has been shown on tv. i have a 2 pack but the rest is fat hanging out. should i use the drink i don't have time to eat a balanced diet. i am 13 already!

 If you are trying to lose weight, you are not alone. According to recent news reports, almost 25% of teenagers are overweight or obese by medical standards. This is a serious problem because overweight teens are likely to remain overweight as adults. That's why NOW is a great time to learn how to attain and maintain a healthy weight. There are thousands of books, diets, supplements, quick weight loss programs and gimmicks on the market that claim they can help you lose weight fast. Be careful and cautious before trying any of these. Remember, you should always consult your doctor or health care provider before starting a weight loss program.

Unfortunately, there are no quick ways to loose weight safely and maintain healthy weight. There is no magical pill, supplement, exercise or diet. Simply stated, your body weight is controlled by how many calories you eat and how many calories you burn off. Calories are a measure of the energy or fuel which foods contain. In order to lose weight you have to burn off more calories than you eat every day. Here's an example: One pound of body weight equals 3500 calories. If you eat 500 calories less each day for 7 days, then you will lose one pound in seven days (500 x 7 = 3500). This is an example of losing weight by eating fewer calories. Food packages usually show how many calories the food contains.

You can also lose weight by increasing your exercise. For example, running at 5 miles per hour burns about 500 calories per hour. If you increase your exercise to burn off 500 more calories a day for 7 days, then you will lose one pound in seven days (500 x 7 = 3500). If you eat 500 calories less each day AND increase your exercise to burn off 500 more calories a day for 7 days you will lose 2 pounds a week (1000 x 7 = 7000). Losing one to two pounds a week is the most weight you can safely lose and still have healthy nutrition. Losing more weight than that is usually temporary, causes us to see-saw back and forth and get discouraged. So, the key to healthy weight loss is to do it slow (no more than 2 pounds a week), and steady.


 What is unsafe weight loss?

=> People don't think that I am over weight, but I think that I am. I am 15 years old about 5'6 or 5'7 and 125 pounds. I would like to at least be 10 pounds lighter if not 15 at least. But I need help doing this, every time I start to diet the first couple of days is okay then, it goes down hill from there, because I start to not care anymore even though I still really want o lose the weight. I decided that this year for my new years resolution I am going to start all over, try, and lose the weight. And that's where I need the help. In the past I would just not eat for days and that is how I would lose the weight. But now I would like a FAST (does not have to be easy) way to lose the weight. In 5 months I would like to lose 15 pounds (maybe even more) so I will look good for the summer and actually want to wear a swum suit. Can you help me figure out a way? 100 to 145

=> I am 13 years of age. I weigh a massive 145 pounds and want to get down to around 90 pounds. I know this is a big difference but I am so sick of being fat, being teased and being unable to fit into any nice, trendy clothes. My problem is that I have a huge appetite and can't stop eating. Sometimes, I throw up in the toilet after eating. Can you suggest anything to stop my cravings?

=> Hi! I am 15, about 5'5 or 5'6 and weigh about 124-127!! Is that bad....cuz I feel like I am deffinitly overweight and me being like this makes me upset and makes me feel weird around ppl who are skinnier than me! I feel guilty after I eat like I shouldnt of ate that! And sometime when I look in the mirror I just get so mad and I cry about it! I dont know what is a right diet for me cuz I am still probably growing and I need the nutrients and vitamins....so what kind of diet could I go on...I just wanna loose 10-15 pounds!! PLEASE HELP ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT MYSELF!!

=> I will do anything to be thin, even starve myself for weeks on end. I feel superhuman when I go without food for 3-4 days. But then I get too hungry and overeat on the stuff I know I shouldn't eat and gain the 2-3 pounds I lost. Please help.

=> um..i just want to know if i am overweight? i am 5'6 and 111 lbs am i? i cant stop thinking i am dfat and i dont know if i am? i keep dieting and i want to know if i need to please help me.

 Losing weight by not eating or by throwing up is dangerous   Children and teens need adequate protein and calories for growth.  Moreover, underweight teenage girls can have menstrual problems.  Your doctor or nutritionist can advise you on the calorie and protein requirements that are best for you.
Some kids and teens believe that they are overweight when they are actually in the healthy weight range for their age, or they are even underweight.  Our weight and BMI percentile calculator can tell you whether you are overweight, healthy weight, or underweight according to health experts.  Your health care provider is the best source of information about your weight.


 Favorite good foods to eat.

=> What are your favorite good foods to eat?

 chickenWell, like most people, I enjoy a variety of foods that are flavorful and colorful. I really enjoy grilled chicken, especially in the summer when there are friends and family and plenty of outdoor activities to go with it. Here are some fun, healthy recipes you might try.

Like others, I have to be mindful if there are sweet treats in the house, as brownies are a weakness of mine. I believe these can be enjoyed occasionally, but try to balance that with healthier choices most of the time. Remember, try to eat healthy!!!

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