The percentage of overweight children is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids
now considered overweight or obese.
Many kids are spending less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer,
or video-game console. And today's busy families have fewer free moments to prepare
nutritious, home-cooked meals. From fast food to electronics, quick and easy is the reality
for many people in the new millennium.
Preventing kids from becoming overweight means adapting the way your family eats and
exercises, and how you spend time together. Helping kids lead healthy lifestyles begins with
parents who lead by example.
Is Your Child Overweight?
Body mass index (BMI) uses height and weight measurements to estimate how much body
fat a person has.
To calculate BMI, divide weight in kg by height in meters squared; for pounds and inches, divide weight by height squared and multiply the result by the conversion factor 703.Once you know your child's BMI, it can be plotted on a standard BMI chart.
Kids fall into one of four categories:
1. underweight: BMI below the 5th percentile
2. normal weight: BMI at the 5th and less than the 85th percentile
3. overweight: BMI at the 85th and below 95th percentiles
4. obese: BMI at or above 95th percentile
But, BMI is not a perfect measure of body fat and can be misleading in some situations.
In addition, BMI may be difficult to interpret during puberty when kids are experiencing periods
of rapid growth. It's important to remember that BMI is usually a good indicator,
but is not a direct measurement of body fat.
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