Obesity in Children 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).
- 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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