How do you know when a child is obese?
Unlike how it’s measured for adults, obesity in children is measured by determining their body mass index-for-age (BMI-for-age). A BMI-for age percentile greater than 95% is considered obese. Your child’s doctor will be able to determine if your child has a BMI-for-age higher than 95% and help you find an action plan that’s specific to their health, if necessary.
Children with a BMI-for-age above 95% are more likely to have a BMI of 30 or higher as adults and have a higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and liver and heart disease. Obesity can also impact children’s mental health, potentially contributing to lower confidence, anxiety and sometimes depression.