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# How does BMI work with teens and children? Do they use a different scale?

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Dr. Jenny Sung
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

## In brief: Yes

Bmi for teens and children is differnt for that of adults.
Teens and children's bmis are gender and age specific. For more information, check out www.Cdc.Gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi/about_childrens_bmi.Html the site has bmi charts and bmi calculator for children and teens.

## In brief: Yes

Bmi for teens and children is differnt for that of adults.
Teens and children's bmis are gender and age specific. For more information, check out www.Cdc.Gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi/about_childrens_bmi.Html the site has bmi charts and bmi calculator for children and teens.
Dr. Jenny Sung
Dr. Jenny Sung
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

## In brief: BMI=BMI

The index itself is the same for both.
It reflects the weight(mass) divided by the length. However, the "normal" expectations for BMI vary by age.For example, a desired BMI for an 7 yo would be 15.5, reflecting their expected body proportions. At 12 the desired number is 18, and 18 it is 22. So the scale remains the same, just as a pound is a pound, but we have charts that tell what's expected/age

## In brief: BMI=BMI

The index itself is the same for both.
It reflects the weight(mass) divided by the length. However, the "normal" expectations for BMI vary by age.For example, a desired BMI for an 7 yo would be 15.5, reflecting their expected body proportions. At 12 the desired number is 18, and 18 it is 22. So the scale remains the same, just as a pound is a pound, but we have charts that tell what's expected/age
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson