Friday, April 10, 2009

Body Mass Index (BMI) Charts

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Body Mass Index (BMI) Charts
For years, doctors have used height and weight measurements to assess a child's physical growth in relation to other kids the same age. Now they have another tool: body mass index (BMI). BMI is a calculation that uses height and weight to estimate how much body fat someone has. Doctors use it to determine how appropriate a child's weight is for a certain height and age.
I used this helpful website to show my teenage girls that there is a difference in adult BMI and the BMI for children and teenagers. It helped bring body image issues into the light and showed them that they aren't "fat" after all, no matter what the other kids might say.


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