Hi there! Just a quick question...
Hi there! Just a quick question...
Thank you for your response
Today in Health & Wellness

Kiddie BMI Decoded

"Understanding kids’ body mass index"
By: James BarramedaKiddie BMI Decoded

BMI or Body Mass Index estimates how much fat you have in your body. It is calculated based on weight and height measurements. Using these values, how can one know if their child is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese?

Here are the formulas to calculate the BMI:

1. Kg/m2 – divide weight (in kilograms) by height squared (in meters)

2. (Lbs/in2) x 703 – divide weight (in pounds) by height squared (in inches) and multiply the quotient by 703 (standard conversion factor).

For adults, the result from the calculation above is evaluated using standard weight-status categories. The World Health Organization (WHO) regards a BMI greater than 25 as overweight while those above a BMI of 30 are considered obese.

Using BMI to evaluate a child or teenager’s weight status is, however, a different story. For kids, you start exactly with the same formula stated above but instead of checking it with the standard weight-status categories, you compare the resulting BMI with typical values of kids coming from the same age group.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov), children’s BMI results fall into 1 of 4 possible categories:

●  If BMI is below the 5th percentile = underweight

●  If BMI is equal to the 5th and less than the 85th percentile = normal weight

●  If BMI is equal to the 85th or any value less than the 95th percentile = overweight

●  If BMI is greater than or equal to the 95th percentile = obese

BMI may be quite difficult to interpret once a child has entered the puberty stage because this is the time when children undergo periods of growth spurts. Remember that BMI is only a good indicator of a child’s weight status but it isn’t an accurate measurement of body fat. If you want to find out whether your child or teen is indeed overweight or not, it is best to make an appointment with your pediatrician or family doctor. Your doctor can thoroughly assess your child’s eating habits as well as his daily activities, and test him for medical conditions associated with obesity.

Suggested Readings
Okra: Beyond the Goo
Ask a kid what their favorite veggies are (if they...read more
Small but Terrible
Dilis may be small, but it is 'terribly' packed with...read more
Understanding SPF and PA rating
Sunscreen, sunblock or suntan may be presented in a form...read more
Breastfeeding Can be Difficult! Should I Even Do This?
This question can cross the mind of a mom who's...read more
Related Health Conditions
Also known as alcoholism is a dependence on alcoholic beverages... read more
Loss of appetite is characterized by poor appetite despite the... read more
Constipation is the difficult or infrequent passage of hard, dry... read more
Bedwetting or enuresis refers to involuntary urination in children aged... read more
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation of... read more
Obesity is the accumulation of excessive body fat. An individual... read more
Copyright © 2019 Medicomm Pacific Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Follow us:    Facebook    Twitter