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Underweight Health Problems Quiz
by Staff
We might envy people who don't have to battle the bulge because they have good genes or naturally high metabolisms, but they're at risk for some health issues as well. Do you know what they are?

Body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of body fat that takes into account a person's weight and height. What BMI indicates someone is underweight?

  • anything less than 18.5
  • anything less than 20.5
  • anything less than 22.5

What is the term used to indicate infants and children who fail to gain adequate weight during their first years of life?

  • hypermetabolic
  • failure to thrive
  • weight lag

Extreme weight loss can be a symptom of which of the following?

  • depression
  • diabetes
  • It could be either diabetes or depression.

Why are underweight people at risk for diabetes?

  • Their body fat is stored in dangerous places that can't be seen, such as around vital organs.
  • Their body turns off the insulin-producing function in order to save energy.
  • They are malnourished, which causes the body to hold on to all sugar that is consumed.

What's the best way for someone who is underweight to gain weight?

  • stop exercising
  • eat cheeseburgers, pizza and cookies -- whatever will put the weight on
  • eat five to six small meals each day

Why are underweight people at risk for osteoporosis?

  • because most overweight people are women, who are at greater risk for osteoporosis compared to men
  • because they eat so little that they get dizzy and lose their balance often
  • because fat produces a hormone necessary for bone strength

Which fertility issue are underweight women most likely to face?

  • high likelihood of multiple births
  • high likelihood of miscarriage
  • high likelihood of gestational diabetes

Underweight people are at risk for anemia. What is the No. 1 symptom of anemia?

  • fatigue
  • headache
  • amenorrhea

Which of the following conditions are underweight men most likely to face, according to several studies?

  • depression and suicide
  • discrimination in the workplace
  • bullying

Underweight women are at risk of serious fertility issues. Are underweight men at the same risk?

  • No. Menstruation is the only fertility factor affected by weight.
  • Yes. Underweight men are more likely to experience issues like erectile dysfunction and inability to ejaculate.
  • Yes, underweight men are at risk for fertility issues, but at the same rate as men of normal weight.