BMI is a widely used but an over-simplistic means to assess whether a person is under or overfat(weight). And like standard ht/wt charts, it can be misleading as an indicator of good health. People who are unusually small boned or large boned, whose race is not Caucasian or American, who are athletes or body builders often see BMIs that fall outside the ideal range. Yet, they still may be considered healthy using other more accurate body fat measurements.
The current trend (which unfortunately the medical community has not yet put into general practice in doctors offices) is towards the use of body fat % measurements as an indicator of good health. Regardless of your height, weight or build, there is an essential amount of fat needed to sustain the functions of a healthy body. For women, most sources recommend a range of 8-12%. When body fat % falls below this range, women will often lose their periods (amenorrhea), feel weak, be prone to getting sick or injured.
So my suggestion is to not really target any absolute number for your goal weight or any BMI value. Instead, ensure you gain enough weight to at least be in the 8-12% essential body fat range for women. If you are interested in having children anytime soon, this will be VERY important.
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