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#1 dverikio

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Posted 21 November 2014 - 05:03 PM

So the thing is, my fourteen year old protagonist is supposed to be a bit of a physical weakling. Not like he'd get knocked over by the wind or anything, but close. I googled it and it said the average weight for a 14 year old boy was around 112 pounds, so was just wondering if I went for 90 would that cut it or would he be anorexic then?



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 03:30 PM

It matters a lot on how tall they are. I'm female, but I'm 5'2" and weigh 108....and am on the borderline underweight side of skinny. 14 year old boys often haven't quite hit their growth spurt yet, but he's about to. Consider how tall you're going to make him before deciding how light he should be.



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 07:10 PM

Say we were talking 5'7



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 09:18 PM

Well, you could use this to calculate a BMI. They're mostly useless for health, but they can give you n estimate of how skinny someone will look at certain weight/height ratios.



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 10:02 PM

It's also good to keep in mind that skinny does not equal eating disorder. Some people are naturally thin and some have to really work at maintaining their bodies and keep weight on. 



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 10:19 PM

My 12 yr old is about 5'5" and has yet to have his puberty growth spurt - we expect him to hit about 6'4" over the next few years. You can count his ribs from across the room and while he looks anorexic, he's not. In fact he eats a huge amount, he's just all gangly like a foal. I have no idea what he weighs though, I can chuck him on the scales and find out.



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 05:47 PM

Thanks for the input guys, I'm gonna go with ninety just to keep it simple.



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 08:51 PM

Thanks for the input guys, I'm gonna go with ninety just to keep it simple.

I really think that's massively underweight, but it's your character. Is it that important that you mention a specific number?



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 09:07 PM

I would agree and say that 90 lbs would probably put your protagonist in the hospital. I would say that 112 is a good number. In high school, I was just shy of 5'10', weighed 130-135 lbs, and was skinny (cross country runner).



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 09:21 PM

I personally think it's okay..I'm not a 14 year old boy, but I am 5'6 and I weigh 100 lbs

I'm perfectly healthy..(:



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Posted 23 November 2014 - 09:24 PM

Speaking as the mother of two stick-thin teenage boys who are perfectly healthy, 90 lbs. at 5' 7" is not unrealistic at all, and certainly wouldn't indicate anorexia or a hospital stay.  Everyone wears their weight differently, whether they are large or small.  While a BMI calculator can help, they are terribly inaccurate for teenagers.  Hope this helps!


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Posted 23 November 2014 - 09:29 PM

I agree. I've been told I'm underweight, but I literally can't gain any weight. Just genetics at work (:



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 11:24 AM

Thanks guys, am very glad for all the help. It's quite important because I need it for the query to give the agent a better sense of the stakes and what he's up against.



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Posted 25 November 2014 - 02:45 PM

Also, it depends on the context.  "A ninety pound weakling..." to me suggests a tiny little dude, but not necessarily that he weight exactly 90 lbs, you know?



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 05:53 PM

I would suggest not including a numeric weight at all, but instead just allude to those physical features. Show the character is smaller than his peers. 

 

Reason: not all readers will know the appropriate weights for characters that age. I didn't, you didn't. Some readers won't even know what a pound is. 

 

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 04:34 PM

You may have a point. I'll see how both alternatives look in the query and see the kind of feedback I get. Thanks!



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 03:26 PM

I'm female, but I was in a smiliar boat at age 14.  I was super skinny, hadn't hit puberty, but still ate a lot.  Around 5'6".

 

And I weighed about 95 pounds.  

 

The trick is that 90 pounds of fat= very bad.  But 90 pounds of muscles= okay






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