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Will doctors use differnt BMI calculations for teens and adults?

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In brief: Calculation is same

The formula to calculate the bmi is the same for people of all ages.
However, the standards of how much of the population is above a certain bmi number changes with age, location, ethnic background and overall health. A 13 year old with a bmi of 22 may be way at the top of the obesity scale, while, for an adult, a bmi of 22 is just middle-level overweight.

In brief: Calculation is same

The formula to calculate the bmi is the same for people of all ages.
However, the standards of how much of the population is above a certain bmi number changes with age, location, ethnic background and overall health. A 13 year old with a bmi of 22 may be way at the top of the obesity scale, while, for an adult, a bmi of 22 is just middle-level overweight.
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