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What is are body mass index percentile charts?

The body mass index (BMI) is a tool that is used to classify weight in adults into healthy, overweight and obese. BMI is calculated by dividing weight (in kilograms) by height (in meters) squared. In children, BMI is assessed using percentile charts that take into account age and gender. This is because weight and growth varies as children develop.

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First answered: 24 Oct 2014
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