The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using body mass index (BMI) to screen for overweight children beginning at age 2 and through age 19. BMI highlights the risk for serious medical conditions and is a good indicator of whether or not a child will grow into an overweight adult.
To calculate BMI, the child’s weight is divided by his/her height squared and the result multiplied by 703 (weight ÷ height2 x 703). Calculate a child’s BMI. Once parents determine their child’s BMI, they should discuss it with their doctor.
Because children can grow quickly, especially during puberty, the child’s doctor can best interpret whether a BMI score is concerning.
Currently 30% of American youth are overweight or obese*
Source: Bray 2002,Freedman D, et al 1999; Dietz 1998a, Dietzs 1998b,Guo et al. 2002; Kramer 2002; Kvaavik et al. 2003; Must 2003; Polk 2005; Whitaker et al. 1997; WIC 2002
* Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2004
According to the Ohio’s Children Healthy Ohio Program 2009:
Obesity is one of ten indicators presenting critical preventable health threats for Franklin County, Ohio children. Read information on "Full Potential Community Report: Facts About Growing Up Healthy in Franklin County".
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