Body Mass Index : Measuring That Index That Brings Weight And Height
Body Mass Index is a measuring that index that brings weight and height together to establish a common relationship under a common unit, Kg/m2. It is amazing how age relates to the BMI of an individual, to be more specific, for children and teens. The age difference in children causes a very big difference in the determining whether a child is obese, overweight, healthy weight or underweight.
BMI IN CHILDREN AND TEENS.
This category is made up of 5yrs old children to18yrs old teenagers. In this category, the BMI is very dependent on age and sex and therefore it is usually referred to as BMI-for-age. To calculate your child’s BMI you have to use a BMI calculator for children and teens.
After the calculation, it is usually expressed as a percentile that is derived from a graph generated by CDC or by using a calculator that calculates the percentile. This percentile is now the child’s BMI and it is usually in comparison to other children or teens of the same age and sex.
WEIGHT DESCRIPTION VERSUS THE PERCENTILE RANGE.
WEIGHT DESCRIPTION PERCENTILE
Underweight Less than 5th percentile
Normal /healthy weight More than 5th percentile –less than 85th percentile
Overweight Equal to 85th –less than 95th obese Equal to or greater than 95th percentile
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AGE, SEX AND BMI IN CHILDREN AND TEENS.
As mentioned earlier sex and age really affect the BMI of the group under discussion. A child who is fifteen years old and one who is ten years…