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Is BMI designed for men and women over the age of 18 only?

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The Body Mass Index, or BMI, can be used for both children and adults. For adults, BMI is measured via a calculation using the person's weight and height. For children between the ages of 2 and approximately 19, the BMI calculation is more complex.

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When measuring the BMI of someone under the age of 20, the BMI measurement and the age of the child/teen is plotted on a growth chart, to get a percentile ranking. The percentile ranking is used to determine where the child/teen fits in the BMI range of other children/teens of the same age. From that point, it can be determined whether the child is under- or overweight, or in a healthy weight range.

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