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Ideal weight for children

Major worldwide concern

When it comes to those gross concerns that trouble much of the world population, obesity in both children and adult persons is certainly at the top of the list. Perhaps this is not familiar to a great majority of people, but on a yearly basis, as much as hundreds of deaths do take place as a direct consequence of problems and complications that are directly connected to weight. Another quite troubling fact is that the number of obesity cases among children has been on the rise for the past couple of decades. And according to the results of the medical research studies as much as 18 to 33% of both children and teenagers on the territory of the United States of America are obesity stricken. This, of course, is quite a big reason for some serious concern.

“Ideal” factors and determiners

When it comes to that specific proper weight that is commonly referred to as the ideal weight, in cases of children, it refers to that healthiest of weight ranges that are determined by the age, sex, height and body type respectively. Given the fact that heredity also plays quite a significant role in a child’s weight, maintaining that most healthy and desirable weight is something that is much more easily calculated than transferred into practice.  

Weight/height ideal

This may be disappointing to many, but one ideal weight unfortunately does not exist, since it is completely dependable on the child’s age, sex, height, body type, overall structure of the body, as well as its racial background. Since children are in the phase when their bodies are still developing, it is to be noted that the ideal weight of a child will most certainly be quite different than the one for an adult person. Having this in mind, weight and height representations for adult persons are constituted for those who surpass the 18 years of age mark.

As far as the ideal height and the weight of a child is concerned, regarded as the best and most precise technique to employ is to calculate the child’s BMI, i.e. the body mass index by following this formula: weight/height squared and then multiplied by 703. For the purpose of coming up with the accurate BMI of a child, a parent should do a measurement of the height first (in inches) and weight (in pounds). Next step is to divide the weight by the square of the height and multiply it by 703. If the final result is anywhere between 18.5 and 24.9 the child is regarded as a quite healthy one. 

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