Body Mass Index
Calculate Your Child's BMI
Your child's BMI (body mass index) is an important tool that you can use to determine if your child is overweight, underweight, or at a healthy weight. Learn how to calculate your child's BMI.
Criticisms and Reliability of BMI
Because the BMI formula simply includes a child's height and weight and doesn't directly measure their body fat, a lot of people are critical of using body mass index to measure obesity. However, according to the CDC, 'BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens.'
Using our body mass index calculator, you can figure out if your child is at an appropriate weight for his or her height. The BMI calculator also works for adults!
Review how to calculate and interpret your child's body mass index or BMI to help determine if he is overweight, underweight, or at a healthy weight.
Although it is quite easy to calculate a child' BMI using an online BMI calculator or look it up on a BMI chart, you could also calculate it yourself with the BMI formula.
New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for health professionals to calculate and record children's body mass index at yearly well child checks. My new Children's BMI Tables make finding child's BMI easy.
Girls BMI Chart
Growth Charts - girls body mass index (bmi). Track your toddlers, school age children and adolescents bmi percentiles and growth curves on these full color growth charts.
Boys BMI Chart
Growth Charts - Boys body mass index (bmi). Track your toddlers, school age children and adolescents bmi percentiles and growth curves on these full color growth charts.