Children’s Weight: What the Scale Doesn’t Tell

by Leigh Ann Otte

For most of us adults, body mass index gives us a good indication of how healthy our weight is. But for kids, things are different.

In this week’s featured article, pediatrician Vincent Iannelli explains what else doctors look at when determining whether a child’s weight is healthy. Yes, they consider growth, weight and BMI, but they also take into account things like puberty and how the weight has changed over time. “One red flag that might indicate a medical problem is losing weight or not gaining an appropriate amount of weight over the last few years,” writes Dr. Iannelli. “For a school-age boy, normal weight gain would be about 5 or 6 pounds a year.”

You can read the full article here: “Healthy Weight for Children: Why You Can’t Always Tell by Looking.”

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

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