Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to determine one's mass in relation to height. To calculate BMI, a person's weight in kilograms is divided by the square of height in meters.
BMI is specific by age and sex for children and teens, and it can be seen on charts in pediatric practices. This is called BMI-for-age. A high amount of body fat can lead to weight-related issues. Being underweight can also put one's health at risk.
BMI does not measure body fat directly, but it is considered with more direct measures of body fat to help determine overweight-related issues. A high BMI can be a symptom of high body fat content. BMI is an inexpensive, simple method of screening for weight categories that may lead to health problems.
Listen in as Naveen Mehrotra, MD, discusses how you can use BMI to monitor your child for weight-related issues.