How can I tell if my child is overweight or obese?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the use of Body Mass Index (BMI) to screen for overweight and obesity in children and teens aged 2 through 19 years.
What is BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a child's weight and height. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens.
How is BMI used?
BMI is used as a screening tool to identify possible weight problems for children. Although BMI is used to screen, it is not a diagnostic tool.