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Dear Sugar
I am 17 years old and 5 foot 7 and a half inches tall. I am big boned and I was wondering what you thought my ideal weight would be? Do you think 145 lbs is a healthy weight for someone who is my age and size? Weight Conscious Constance




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Dear Weight Conscious Constance
A person is considered overweight if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over the 95th percentile for their age. If you fall between the range of the 85th - 95th percentile for your age, then you are at risk of becoming overweight. Lastly, if you have a BMI under the 5th percentile for their age, you are considered underweight.

Using the BMI scale, I've figured out that a 17 year old (female) who is 145 pounds and stands 5 feet and 7.5 inches tall has a (BMI) of 22.4. This places you in the 67th percentile and indicates that you are indeed at a healthy weight for a female your age.

Please keep in mind this chart below is for young females only. Calculate your BMI here and/or here. Boys up to the age of 20 can find your chart here .

The following are the BMI stat standards for adults:
If you are over 30 you are considered obese. If you fall into a range anywhere between 25 - 29.9, you are considered overweight. Anywhere from 18.5 - 24.9 is considered healthy, and anything below 18.5 is underweight.

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