Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (Well Care Visits Beginning at Age 2)

At all well care visits beginning at age 2, your child's physical development is charted and monitored through measurements for height, weight and body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a measurement that uses the relationship between height and weight to indicate body "fatness" and potential weight problems that have associated health risks. Once your child's BMI score is calculated, your health care provider will discuss the results with you and be able to answer any questions you may have. If your child's score is high, we may advise additional lab work and make some suggestions for healthy nutrition and exercise changes you can make. For more information, see our Healthy Weight: Nutrition & Physical Fitness page.

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