How Do Doctors Evaluate Children for Obesity?

We figure out if a person has obesity by calculating his or her Body Mass Index, or BMI. The BMI is a measure of the amount of body fat in relation to a person’s age and height. It is used to help determine how serious a weight problem is, the likelihood that your child’s weight could lead to other health problems and if other testing should be done.

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