What do you know about BMI?

The weight of many children is often misjudged. According to the NY Times, parents often underestimate the weight of children ages 2-5. Using the Body Mass Index (BMI) formula is a useful tool to see if your child is at a healthy weight. The BMI calculation takes into account the gender, age, height and weight of the child. It is important for children to maintain a healthy weight as their bodies grow and develop.

I encourage you to ask the child’s medical provider to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI), and to learn more about the child’s growth in relation to other children in their age group. This can be measured using the BMI percentile chart, provided by the child’s medical provider.

Ask the child’s medical provider for advice or clarification on BMI information. If your child is outside of a healthy BMI range, the child’s medical provider can give you very useful advice and tips to keep your child healthy. Although ‘Body Mass Index’ may sound complicated, it is a quick and easy process that can be very helpful for your child.

To read the original article by the NY Times, please visit http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/11/parents-are-poor-judges-of-childrens-weight/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1

To view the online BMI calculator, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/

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