Posted by: concerned | 2010-06-12

recommended weight

I have a question about weight loss: when someone is referred to as being emaciated, what features (exterior and clinical) do these people have? can part of it be based on bmi ( i am not a bmi fan, but ja)....also, how do you work out the % of your recommended weight? pt is 1.66m and 41kg!
thx a mill!

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The definition of emaciated is having become very thin (through illness, starvation etc). Externally the person will look sickening ill and sickening thin, as there will be no subcutaneous fat and severe loss of muscle tissue. The face will appear gaunt. Internally it will depend on the cause of the severe weight loss but generally all organs will suffer.

The BMI gives an indication of if a person is underweight or overweight or within the normal range. A normal BMI will be between 18 and 25. If you are underweight, your BMI will be less than 18 and if you are overweight, it will be more than 25. A person being 1.66 m tall and weighing 41 kg, has a BMI of 14 and is therefore, very much underweight.

BMI is calculated as follows: weight divided by (length x length)

Kind regards

Dr Anrich Burger

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