A Simple Way To Determine If Your Kid Is Overweight

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The Center For Disease Control has an online Body Mass Index calculator that, using your kid’s birthday, gender, height and weight can determine if they’re underweight, a healthy weight or overweight. Given the attention paid these days to childhood obesity and diabetes, the war on sugar and the decrease in physical activity among elementary age kids, it’s understandable that you might want to know how your kid measures up. The good news is that the range for what is considered “normal” for kids between 2 and 19 years old is between the 5th and 85th percentile. That’s a pretty wide target to hit, even if your kid’s a wide target themselves.That said, if their BMI seems to be creeping up year over year, you might want to talk about that with your doctor.

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