Biology: The Unity and Diversity o...

15th Edition
Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332



Biology: The Unity and Diversity o...

15th Edition
Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332
Textbook Problem

A very low BMI indicates a person is _______.

  1. a. obese
  2. b. vitamin C deficient
  3. c. underweight
  4. d. lactose intolerant

Summary Introduction

Introduction:  A person’s body weight can be indirectly measured by calculating the individual’s body weight and height. This can be calculated using body mass index (BMI).

BMI = weight (pounds) × 703height (inches)2

The measure of BMI can be used to say whether a person is underweight or overweight.


Reason for the correct answer:

A person with certain measurements of BMI can be said as underweight or overweight. If an individual has obesity, the BMI measurement will be 30 or above 30. A BMI which is between 25 and 29.9 is said to be overweighed. A person is underweighted when the BMI lies under this level. A BMI measurement under 18.5 or lower is said to be dangerously underweight.

Option c. is given as “underweight”. A person is underweight if he has a very low BMI.

Hence, the correct answer is option c.

Reasons for the incorrect answers:

Option a. is given as “obese”.

Obesity is a condition where the body weight increases because of the accumulation of fat in the body that adversely affects the health of an individual. This is incorrect because body mass index (BMI) 30 or above 30 indicates a person is obese...

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