Obesity-Children and Teens

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What is Obesity-Children and Teens?

Being overweight or obese means your weight is above an ideal weight range. Appropriate weight ranges are calculated using the body mass index (BMI). For anyone under 20 years of age, these scales are based on height, weight, sex, and date of birth. Child and teen BMI results differ from adult BMI. This is because they are compared to the results of other children and teens in the same age range. This extra step takes into account that children and teens are still growing. BMI levels for anyone under age 20 are as follows:

  • Underweight-BMI at or below the 5th percentile for the age group
  • Desired weight-BMI between the 5th-84th percentiles for the age group
  • Overweight-BMI between the 85th-94th percentiles for the age group
  • Obese-BMI at or above the 95th percentile for the age group


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