ADOLESCENT MEDICINE :: Weight Management
Determining Body Mass Index
What is body mass index?
Determining how much your adolescent should weigh is not a simple matter of looking at an insurance height-weight chart, but includes considering the amount of bone, muscle, and fat in his/her body's composition. The amount of fat is the critical measurement.
A good indicator of how much fat your adolescent carries is the Body Mass Index (BMI). Although it is not a perfect measure, it gives a fairly accurate assessment of how much of your adolescent's body is composed of fat.
To calculate your BMI using the English formula:
To calculate your BMI using the Metric formula:
A BMI between 25 to 29 is considered overweight. Anything over 30 is considered obese.
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