Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Child Obesity Evaluation

The evaluation of obesity in a child begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings of obesity in children may include:

  • Weight more than 25 percent greater than normal for height

Tests that may be used to evaluate obesity in children include:

Child Obesity BMI

A child's ideal weight can be determined from charts or calculators using the height, weight and sex. The measurement of obesity may be performed by using the body mass index (BMI).

BMI Facts

  • A child with a BMI that is between 18 and 24.9 is normal.
  • A child with a BMI over 25 is considered obese.
  • The higher the BMI, the greater the risk for a variety of diseases including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
  • The BMI should be checked every two years.
  • Those who are very tall or very muscular may have a calculated BMI that is more difficult to interpret.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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