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What Do the Results From the Children's Calculator Mean?

For results in children and teens, the BMI number is plotted on the BMI-for-age growth charts (for either girls or boys) to obtain a percentile ranking. Percentiles are the most commonly used indicator to assess the size and growth patterns of individual children in the United States.
 
The percentile indicates the relative position of the child's BMI number among children of the same sex and age. The growth charts show the weight status categories used with children and teens.
 
BMI-for-age weight status categories and the corresponding percentiles are shown in the following table.
 
Weight Status Category
Percentile Range
Underweight
Less than the 5th percentile
Healthy weight
5th percentile up to the 85th percentile
At risk of overweight
85th to less than the 95th percentile
Overweight
Equal to or greater than the 95th percentile
 
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