How Can I Find Out if My Child is Overweight or Underweight? (GIRLS)
- Measure your child's weight (in kg) and height (in cm);
- Find the height closest to your child's height from the height column;
- Check the reference weights for 'overweight' and 'underweight' across the same row;
- Compare your child's weight with the reference weights.
|GIRLS||Body Weight (kg) Below the reference weight||Body Weight (kg) Above the reference weight|
|Child's Height (cm)||Underweight||Overweight|
- A girl measures 91cm in height and 13.5kg in weight.
- Find 91cm on the "Child's Height" column.
- Find the reference weights on the same row. For a girl of 91cm tall, having a body weight less than 10.3 kg is underweight, more than 15.5 kg is overweight.
- Since the girl weighs 13.5 kg, she is of normal weight.
Source of information: Leung SSF, Lau JTF, Tse LY, Oppenheimer SJ. Weight-for-age and weight-for-height reference for Hong Kong children from birth to 18 years. J Paediatr. Child Health 1996; 32.103-109
Underweight is defined as having a weight below 80% median weight for height, overweight is having a body weight above 120% median weight for height