An underweight person is a person whose body weight is considered too low to be healthy. Underweight people have a body mass index (BMI) of under 18.5 or a weight 15% to 20% below that normal for their age and height group.

In 1996, in the European Union as a whole, a higher proportion of women was underweight than men - 15% and 5% respectively. This was the situation in all EU member states. France had the highest proportion - roughly one in four - of underweight women. Belgium and the Netherlands had the highest proportion of underweight men.
Broader Problems:
Stigmatized diseases
Problem Type:
J: Problems Under Consideration
Date of last update
25.11.1999 – 00:00 CET