Body Mass Index- Know more about its importance in children

  • Fitterfly - Team Nutrition

  • Posted On July 21, 2017


With many tools available in the field of fitness, measuring your child’s growth and development more efficiently is our aim at FitterFly. Fitness assessments include parameters like height, weight, growth charts, mid upper arm circumference and most importantly BMI (Body Mass Index) that help assess gradual growth of every child.

Know more about BMI 

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an anthropometric index with a unit of (kg/m2) that is the measure of weight in kilograms adjusted for height in meter square. Being a simple, noninvasive and inexpensive method, it is considered as a surrogate measure of direct body measurements including body fat. High values of BMI indicate morbidity and risk to obesity in both children and adults.

Interpretation of BMI in children and adolescents

BMI is measured differently for both adults and children making it essential to compare your child’s BMI with the correct age and gender specific standards available. BMI for children and adolescents between 2 to 20 years is age and gender specific considering the increasing fat stores in the body. BMI for-age categories with their respective percentiles are based on the World Health Organization Recommendations mentioned as follows:

Weight status

Percentile Ranking


Less than 5th percentile

Healthy weight

5th percentile to less than 85th percentile


85th percentile to less than 95th percentile


Equal to or greater than the 95th percentile




Advantages of calculating BMI in Children

BMI is not a diagnostic tool but is accurately used to screen underweight or overweight children.

  • Being age and gender specific, it provides a reference also for adolescents not previously available.
  • It compares weight with stature measurements and body fat.
  • It is an indirect measure of body fat and associated health risks like development of heart diseases or hypertension during adult years.

FitterFly is a first of its kind, child centric- fitness and nutrition venture that provides integrated techenabled personalised services for children and their families across India.  At the heart of our philosophy lies, one simple principle -Every Child should be in the best of its Health and be 360 degrees Fit.FitterFly has been initiated by doctors with more than 40 years of healthcare experience, child nutritionists & dietitians,  child fitness trainers  and senior technology people. 


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Disclaimer: All information here, including text, images, tables, videos and any other content is for your knowledge only and we do not guarantee any specific result by following these recommendations as it may vary from person to person. The information is not a substitute for qualified medical advice from a doctor or other medical health expert.