Sorry if I pegged you wrong. To answer your question, I have no information from any health professionals. I have asked my doctor what I should weigh and get no answers. I realize that I am a special case and that is why I am looking for answers. I can tell you that I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones) I also I have a barreled rib cage with my type of disability I don’t know what exercise I can do. As I mentioned I am 3 feet 4.5 inches and 86 pounds. I would like to weigh about 75 to 80 pounds. Any less and I don’t think I would look to good. Any Information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Once again, I am sorry if my first email was strong, but it is very frustrating when you are this short and want to lose weight and there is no help out there.

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    I understand.

    Your concern about your weight should be balanced against treatment for your bone symptoms. You should discuss with doctor the impact any weight loss would have. If you gained weight, it could reduce your ability to get around. If you lost weight, it could make your bones more fragile.

    First you need your doctor’s approval for weight loss and then eat a bit less (1 teaspoon) than your typical serving size. Aim for 45 calories less per day which is about 1 teaspoon of margarine or 1 tablespoon salad dressing less than you usually eat. At your weight, it won’t take a lot of calories to maintain your weight, maybe around 850 to 950 calories so I would not suggest any drastic reduction in calories. Your weight loss will be slow, but over time, you should experience some weight loss with no additional weight gain. Make sure you eat a variety of foods from all food groups and don’t eliminate any food group. Ask your doctor about taking a vitamin and mineral supplement.

    Also talk to your doctor about what exercises you can do. You may find that a little more of your activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, moving around) will support slow weight loss without increasing your risk of breaking a bone.

    Since there are no standards for little people for weight by height, I can’t tell if you are at the appropriate weight for height or not. You should make an appointment with a dietitian in your area who can read your medical chart and visit you in person.

    Visitors: Osteogenesis Imperfecta is an inherited collagen disorder that causes fragile bones and 50% experience a hearing loss. The whites of the eyes can appear bluish because the veins in the eyes are more visible. People with Osteogenesis Imperfecta can easily break bones so they have to be very careful.