Health Topics

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. BMI uses your child’s weight and height to see if your child is too heavy, too thin or a good weight for his/her age. It is given to you as a number. You can also see how your child compares with children who are the same age with the BMI-for-Age percentile.

We know that kids who are overweight or obese are more likely to have medical problems. Sometimes, families may not even know the child has a problem.

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BMI Percentile Number

Issues That Affect Weight

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

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Last Updated: 04/2011