What Is a BMI Report Card?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.BMI, BMI report card, overweight, obesity, body mass index, overweight kids, fat kids, losing weight, kids and weight, overweight kids, bmi, bmi charts, exercise, tv time, family meals, healthy eating, diets for kids, kids and dieting, losing weight10/15/200712/31/201912/31/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD01/01/20200598319c-562b-40d5-a076-999711f87579https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bmi-reports.html/<p><em>My son is 6 years old, and I just got his BMI report card from school. It says he is overweight. What does that mean? What do I do now?</em><br /> &ndash; <em>Amy</em></p> <p>BMI, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bmi-charts.html/">body mass index</a>, is a calculation that uses height and weight to estimate how much body fat a person has. Childhood obesity is a serious problem, so many schools have added BMI to the annual health screening of their students.</p> <p>Some parents are uncomfortable with the idea of a BMI report card. But an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/overweight-obesity.html/">overweight</a> child has a greater chance of developing health problems, such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hypertension.html/">high blood pressure</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/type2.html/">diabetes</a>. Parents should share the BMI information with their child's doctor, who can help interpret the results and offer advice.</p> <p>Here are some tips to help kids maintain a healthy weight:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Encourage kids to be <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise.html/">active every day</a>. Experts recommend that kids get 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily.</li> <li>Offer fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks and encourage your child to eat five or more servings a day.</li> <li>Serve the right <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/portions.html/">portion sizes</a> for your child's age.</li> <li>Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and offer <a class="kh_anchor">low-fat milk or water</a> instead.</li> <li>Limit <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/tv-habits.html/">screen time</a> (time spent watching TV, playing video games, using a smartphone, computer, or other device) to less than 2 hours a day.</li> <li>Set a good example by eating healthy, being physically active, and limiting the time you spend in front of a screen.</li> </ul>
5 Ways to Reach a Healthy WeightMost dieters regain the weight they lost by dieting when they go back to their old eating habits. Get our tips on the best ways to drop excess weight.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/weight-tips.html/63a232e0-0a78-424a-b211-edffe20e1177
Be a Fit KidA lot of people talk about fit kids, but how do you become one? Here are five rules to live by, if you want to eat right, be active, and keep a healthy weight.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/fit-kid.html/89ce85b3-8b57-42d1-86c4-7c2ea5918dc2
Body Mass Index (BMI)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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bmi.html/98c6dedc-f329-494d-b3d8-2be3349f0e24
Body Mass Index (BMI) Doctors use body mass index (BMI) measurements to assess a child's physical growth in relation to other kids the same age. Here's how to calculate BMI and understand what the numbers mean.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bmi-charts.html/40477781-cab1-4cd1-ad4c-35dec69f6d7c
Dealing With Feelings When You're OverweightIf a person is struggling with extra weight, it can add to the emotional ups and downs of being a teen. Get some tips on coping here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/feelings-overweight.html/9cc87c50-d3f6-4643-8f24-dcaceb2ab86c
How Can I Feel Better About My Body?It's normal to wish you could change something about your body. Find out more about these feelings in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/feel-better-about-body.html/50063a44-dbba-4561-923a-89df101014d4
How Much Food Should I Eat?Lots of us don't realize we're eating too much because we've become so used to large portions. This article for teens helps you take control of your plate.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/portion-size.html/c51aa81e-aef0-4860-b4fe-2d436c8f0f84
Keeping Portions Under ControlWaistlines have been expanding over the last few decades. Part of the problem is what we eat, but another is quantity. Are our plates simply piled too high?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/portions.html/1d063504-d67e-4620-825f-e6b465097df6
Kids and ExerciseBesides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise.html/f2ac8b06-6d72-4382-8b53-dee0908bc566
Motivating Kids to Be ActiveParents can help instill a love of activity and help kids make it a part of their everyday routine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/active-kids.html/513cb6d3-1fe0-4441-af16-7ba23da84c2f
Overweight and ObesityPreventing kids from becoming overweight means making choices in the way your family eats and exercises, and how you spend time together.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/overweight-obesity.html/3984b1ff-ca0a-46aa-889c-9bb1fb8b4884
Staying at a Healthy WeightHere are some practical, everyday tips on making exercise and healthy eating work for you instead of feeling like it's the other way around.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/healthy-weight.html/e95fb0d9-a5db-48bb-bf5b-98066dcb6e4c
What's the Right Weight for My Height?One of the biggest questions guys and girls have is whether they're the right weight. Because the body is growing and changing so much during adolescence, it can be tough to answer this question.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/weight-height.html/a49c2e77-14c4-4d3d-b99b-e3f8b95e0382
Your Child's Weight"What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-weight.html/47c960bc-61c9-4a05-933d-50f57967c0a7
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