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Posted by: Amy | 2007/07/20

BMR

Hi doc

What would my BMR be?
Age: 30
Height: 1.68
Weight: 52
Female

How accurate are the methods of measuring BMR?
Does our BMR drop when we're ill, or does it increase?
Thank you

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Dear Amy
Generally speaking I don't work out the BMR for Readers as this is a complicated calculation which has to take a lot of variable into account (physical activity, fitness, medical conditions, thyroid function, etc). BMR values can be measured in special laboratories using very complicated methods like dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. The BMR would decrease in certain illnesses and increase in others (for example hyperthyroidism would speed up the BMR). What I can say, is that your BMI = 18,4 which is very low and bordering on underweight. It would be prudent if you could gain some weight to increase your BMI to 22 for which you would need to weigh 62 kg. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles related to gaining weight.
Best regards
DietDoc

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