Body Mass Indexforage

Age- and sex-specific charts are now available to assess body mass index (BMI) in children (see the following table). BMI in children is associated with body fat, related to health risks of obesity, and measurements are helpful for children over the age of 2 years.

Interpreting BMI in Children

Group

BMI-for-Age

Underweight

<5th percentile

At risk of overweight

>85th percentile

Overweight

>95th percentile

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