Body Mass Index

What does it mean and what can you do?

What is BMI? Why do we use it?

weight (kg)

height ² (m ²)

  • calculation of BMI is done in private - this is for personal use only
  • used to make family more aware of health hazards and status
  • used to encourage a change of diet and exercise to improve number and health

BMI Classification

Your child's BMI is 28: What does that mean to you?

  • 18.5 - 24.9: minimal health risk
  • 25- 29.9: low to moderate health risk
  • 30 - 34.9: high health risk
  • 35-39.9: very high health risk
  • 40+: very very high health risk!

Recommendation for your child - to get a healthy BMI

  • eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and dairy
  • exercise at least 40-60 minutes a day
  • create a healthier living environment for your child (encourage playing outside, go on family walks and bike rides, choose healthier foods to buy at the grocery store, limit television time)

Childhood obesity is a huge problem!

Childhood obesity: condition when excess body fat negatively affects health/wellbeing

  • many children suffer from teasing and low self-esteem issues&depression
  • health issues including pre-diabetes, hyper-insulinemia, high blood pressure are very prevalent

Resources for you and your child:

  • Ohio Fit Club: 800-872-9622
  • Columbus Boys and Girls Club: 614-221-8830
  • YMCA: 614-224-1131
  • Tumblin' 4 Kids: 614-561-6935
  • COSI: 614-228-2674