Many patients on their first visit ask how much they should weigh? I answer, simply, “less”.
There is no such thing as ideal body weight. There is only an ideal body weight range, and it is surprisingly wide. After all, what does “ideal” mean? To me, reasonably, it can only mean the weight at which the patients are least likely to get sick, the weight at which they are most likely to live the longest. It’s a wide range. The body is not such a delicate flower–it is resilient.
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