Weight standards for teens

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NEW YORK Reuters Health - Teenagers who regularly use the bathroom scale may be more likely than their peers to take healthy measures to control their weight, a new study suggests. The findings, reported in the Journal of Adolescent Health, counter those from an earlier study of teenage girls that linked regular weight checks to a higher risk of unhealthy weight-control habits. Instead, researchers found that among the adolescents they surveyed, those who weighed themselves once a week or more were more likely to report healthy weight-control tactics — like exercising regularly or eating less junk food and more fruits and vegetables.

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Determining how much your teen should weigh is not a simple matter of looking at an insurance height-weight chart. It includes considering the amount of bone, muscle, and fat in his or her body. The amount of fat is the critical measurement.

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One of the biggest questions guys and girls have as they grow and develop is whether they're the right weight. One place to start is by learning about body mass index, or BMI, a calculation that estimates how much body fat a person has based on his or her weight and height. BMI can help doctors identify people who are overweight and at risk of developing medical problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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With obesity rates in teens rising, you may wonder how your teen's weight compares to normal weight ranges. The growth charts serve as a tool to provide an idea of average weights for teen boys and girls, but remember that these charts may not fit your child's exact needs. If you're concerned about your teen's weight, consult his doctor to discuss his individual growth chart and growth pattern. Powered by good nutrition, sleep and regular exercise, normal growth is one indicator of good health in teens.

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The formula of calculating the BMI for children is the same as for adult people. But the meaning is different. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens.

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Body mass index BMI is one way to estimate a person's body fat that takes into consideration the person's height. BMI is calculated using a person's weight and height. In children and teens, BMI is used to find out if a child or teen is underweight, of a healthy weight, overweight, or obese.

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In children, a high amount of body fat can lead to weight-related diseases and other health issues and being underweight can also put one at risk for health issues. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI does not measure body fat directly, but research has shown that BMI is correlated with more direct measures of body fat, such as skinfold thickness measurements, bioelectrical impedance, densitometry underwater weighingdual energy x-ray absorptiometry DXA and other methods 1,2,3.

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The body mass index was used to classify students' weight according to each one of the three criteria. Higher disagreements occurred during classification of weight among male students aged 16 years old Adolescence is an important period for growth and maturing of human beings, it ranges from 10 to 19 years old and it is a phase where many of the adult characteristics are established 1. Regarding nutrition, overweight and obesity associated with comorbidities such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, and type 2 diabetes were, up to some years ago, more evident in adults.

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Accessibility Contact Privacy Terms. Calculators Charts Tables. Note: The charts below are for adults, we have separate Charts for Babies to Teens. Health experts worldwide agree that adults who are overweight and have weight related medical problems or a family history of such problems can benefit from weight loss.


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