When Might a Physician Become Concerned with a Child’s Weight?

Your child’s doctor will track his or her Body Mass Index (BMI) rating during office visits.

A BMI is calculated by a formula using weight and height, according to the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP).

A BMI rating of 25 to 29 is considered overweight, and a BMI of 30 or more is listed as obese.

Your child’s doctor will start to become concerned about your child’s weight when the BMI rating begins to reach to overweight status.

Your child’s doctor will also be concerned about possible weight problems for your child if:

  • You have a family history of obesity
  • Your family’s lifestyle does not include regular activity and a nutritious diet
  • Your child has health or physical disabilities that put him or her at risk for becoming overweight
  • Your child is taking medicine(s) that can cause weight gain or increased appetite

If you are concerned about your child’s weight, talk with his or her doctor.

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