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Childhood Obesity in America : The Causes (Part 1)

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My son’s BMI is 19.8.What does this mean?

 Here is how to interpret the BMI:

 • Underweight = < 18.5

• Normal weight = 18.5–24.9

• Overweight = 25–29.9

• Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

 This means that your son has a normal (healthy) weight for his height because his BMI is 19.8. It falls in the 18.5 to 24.9 range.

BMI for a 15-year-old boy places him in the 50th percentile (one-half of boys have higher BMIs, and onehalf have lower BMIs).

It is easier just to calculate the BMI using the formula or calculator. Then you do not have to worry about age and gender.

 

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