Girls body mass index (BMI) is calculated differently than adults BMI calculation is done. Because kids’ body fat changes with age and because girls and boys differ in amount of body fat as they mature that’s why BMI calculation for children includes gender and age.
Child’s body mass index is compared with the average of other children by corresponding BMI-for-age (or Index-for-age) percentiles.
Calculator shows into which percentile rage they fall according to their age, weight and height:
Percentile is a measure in which the percentage value of the total values is equal to or less than this measure. For example, 90% of data values are below the 90th percentile, and 10% of data values are below the 10th percentile.
On a standard BMI chart, children aged 2 to 19 fall into one of four categories:
Less than 5th percentile – Underweight
5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile – Normal or Healthy Weight
Between 85th and 95th percentiles – Overweight
Above 95th percentile – Obese
We are using BMI-for-age percentile based on the WHO (World Health Organization) growth charts for children and teens (ages 5 through 19 years). WHO Growth charts are slightly different from CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Grow charts. CDC charts describe the growth of children in the United States only while WHO Growth charts were designed to be an international standard for infants and young children.
For 5-19 age boys use the Boys Body Mass Index Calculator.
For adults 20 years old and older, use the Adult BMI Calculator.
For children under 2 years old, doctors use weight-to-length charts instead of BMI to determine how a child’s weight relates to his or her length. Any child under the age of 2 who falls into the mark up to the 95th percentile or higher can be considered overweight.