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What is the difference between a child being overweight and obese?

Body mass index (BMI) is a tool that is used to classify the weight of adults into healthy, overweight and obese. BMI is calculated by dividing the weight (in kilograms) by the height (in meters) squared. In children, BMI is assessed in conjunction with percentile charts that take into account your child's gender and age. This is because weight and growth varies as children develop. In Australia, two different BMI percentile charts may be used to assess a child as overweight or obese: WHO percentile charts, and; US-CDC percentile charts. In both charts, children with a BMI percentile range between 85 and 94 are considered to be overweight, whereas those with a BMI greater than 96 are classed as obese.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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