Do you know your child’s BMI?

growthchartMy apologies for not posting our culinary adventure blog today also.  My 2 year old is still sick with fever and has been on a liquid diet.  I am hoping she will recover by tomorrow so get to try out some fun stuff and share it with you.

I was looking at the height chart today and started thinking about why we don’t have or use BMIs for children so this way as parents we get to know if our child is healthy or overweight. After some research it turns out that there is a BMI calculation for children and teen that takes into account not only the gender but also the age.  The premise is that the acceptable fat percentage of the child varies with age.  However, a child’s weight percentile is a good indicator of where a child falls on the BMI scale when compared to the peers.

So..your child is

  • Underweight if they are in the less than the 5th percentile
  • Healthy weight if they are in the 5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile
  • Overweight if they are in the 85th to less than the 95th percentile
  • Obese if they are  equal to or greater than the 95th percentile

There is some debate on why the BMI is not calculated as a function of a child’s height like we do for adults.  You have to take the above generalization with a grain of salt and consult your doctor if you find your child in the overweight or obese category to see if that is really the case.  Check out the CDC site for more info on BMI and kids.

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