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What's the average weight for a 13-year-old girl who is 5 feet 6 inches tall?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13-year old girls who are 5 feet 6 inches tall should have a BMI of between 15.3 (95 pounds) and 22.6 (140 pounds) to be in the healthy weight range. The 50th percentile (average) of the range is 116.5 pounds.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to inform Americans about health, safety and security threats, including obesity and diabetes. The agency recommends checking BMI-for-age annually or more often if recommended by the child’s doctor. Because height and weight change with growth, a single BMI-for-age calculation is not enough to evaluate long-term weight status. Tracking growth patterns over time can help ensure that someone is achieving or maintaining a healthy weight.

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