do I check whether I'm underweight or not?
|While the criteria for being overweight are
very well defined, those for being underweight vary from region
to region. Clinicians find it more appropriate to use the word
"malnourished". The following conditions may
signify an individual as being malnourished-
- Body mass index (BMI) less than 18.5
- Weight less than two standard deviations below
the national standard
- Weight less than 80% of median standard weight
- Low serum albumin levels on laboratory testing
- Low serum transferrin levels
- Recent loss of body weight (more than 10%body
weight lost within 2 months signifies especially poor outcome)
- Other signs of malnutrition on clinical examination
by a doctor.
This is only a very general information. Wherever
doubt arises, it must be clarified by consulting a medical doctor.
For the statistics, please check with the official health website
of your country's government for details.