BMI-for-Age Percentile Chart For Girls

Measuring Child Obesity Using BMI-for-Age Percentiles chart:

Before measuring a child’s BMI-for-age percentile, you must first calculate his/her Body Mass Index (BMI). If your child is short or tall for their age, BMI-for-age may be the most appropriate measure of their weight status, please see the BMI chart which includes weight and heights appropriate for children. If your child’s BMI is not listed on chart, calculate body mass index on the Internet, fill in the child's height and weight at the Web site of the Department of Health and Human Services, Obesity Education Initiative.

To locate, a BMI chart with weights and heights appropriate for children (see childhood obesity charts). Once you calculate his/her BMI (see childhood obesity bmi), find the age of the child on the bottom of the BMI-for-age percentile chart for boys given below and look to the left or right to locate their BMI.

measuring childhood obesity using BMI-for-Age percentiles chart

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Plot the point on the graph using a pen or pencil. Once you have plotted the measurement, locate the corresponding shaded color on the bottom of the chart to determine your child’s BMI-for-age percentile. You are then able to find your child’s weight status by viewing the Weight Status Category table located to the right of the chart.

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