Why BODY MASS INDEX is not applicable to growing children? Explain

Asked by sisugsgsgsysyhshz | 11th Jun, 2017, 01:29: PM

Expert Answer:

Generally, Body Mass Index (BMI) changes significantly with age. After a year of age, BMI for age starts to fall till it reaches a minimum around 4 to 6 years of age. Then, after 4 to 6 years of age, BMI for age starts to increase through adolescence. This increase in BMI occurs after it reaches its minimum point which is called "adiposity" rebound. If the calculated BMI figure is less than 18.5 then the person would be conidered under nourished. Hence, the BDI is not applicable to growing children.

Answered by Tharageswari S | 12th Jun, 2017, 10:09: AM

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