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Physical Growth Overview

Physical Growth Overview

Want to know where your child is in terms of height, weight (or Body Mass Index, BMI) compared with other children? Then you've come to the right place!

Why is it important to check your child's statistics? There's a saying in life that goes - " If you don't measure it, you can't control it!". So comparison checking of children's key physical growth is important so a dialogue can be prompted by any concerned parents with professional health staff. It is better to understand child health issues early so that parents are able to choose an appropriate course of action.

For example, children who are overweight or obese are more likely to take these conditions into adulthood with them and risk type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease and an increased risk of cancer.

If you discover your child has issues then it is up to you whether you discuss these openly or just make small changes to your lifestyle to improve it without informing your child.

World Growth Standards

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed physical growth standards for Children aged 0-5 years and 5-19 years of age. These are for various physical attributes such as height, weight and BMI [But see our article on 'BMI OR BODY FAT' which tries to persuade parents/carers to use body fat percentage rather than BMI as a guide to health]

These standards can be used for all children in the world regardless of their ethnic background, socio-economic status etc.

To utilise the charts, please go to the relevant section below (children aged 0-5 OR those aged 5-19) and follow the link to the correct chart depending on whether your child is male or female.

Physical Growth Standard for 0-5 Years

WHO collated the data between 1997 and 2003 based on 8440 healthy children from very different ethnic backgrounds and cultural areas. The six countries chosen were Brazil, Ghana, India, Norway, Oman and the USA. The report was published in April 2006. See the resources for the results.

Physical Growth Standard for 5-19 Years

The WHO Reference 2007 is data that was reconstructed from the 1977 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/WHO reference data. This data was supplemented with the above 2006 Report for 0-5 year old children. See the resources for the results.

Online Healthy BMI Calculator Resource

Our opinion is that the measurement of Body Fat is a far more useful tool than BMI (see our article 'BMI OR BODY FAT' ) but we do acknowledge that using BMI is better than nothing at all so have provided a link to the UK National Health Service website below which has a BMI Healthy Weight Calculator on it.

Conclusion

It is important to check physical growth of your child and useful to compare to other children. The World Health Organisation has compiled a comprehensive set of charts to allow you to do exactly that. What you do with the information is up to you, but we would suggest contacting a health professional if you have any concerns at all.

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"Healthy Weight Calculator" resource

"Healthy Weight Calculator" resource

Use this resource to check the range of healthy weights for your child.

 


"Girls Height vs. age (0-5)" resource

"Girls Height vs. age (0-5)" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of healthy heights for your child by age.

 


"Boys Height vs. age (0 - 5)" resource

"Boys Height vs. age (0 - 5)" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of healthy heights for your child by age.

 


"Weight vs. age for Girls (0 - 5)" resource

"Weight vs. age for Girls (0 - 5)" resource

Use this resource to check the range of healthy weights for your child.

 


"Weight vs. age for Boys age (0 - 5) " resource

"Weight vs. age for Boys age (0 - 5) " resource

Use this resource to check the range of healthy weights for your child.

 


"Weight vs. Height for Girls (ages 2 - 5)" resource

"Weight vs. Height for Girls (ages 2 - 5)" resource

Use this resource to check the range of healthy weights for your child for various heights.

 


"Weight vs. Height for boys (ages 2 - 5)" resource

"Weight vs. Height for boys (ages 2 - 5)" resource

Use this resource to check the range of healthy weights for your child for various heights.

 


"BMI for Girls ages 0 - 5" resource

"BMI for Girls ages 0 - 5" resource

Use this resource to check the range of healthy BMI for your child.

 


"BMI for Boys ages 0 - 5" resource

"BMI for Boys ages 0 - 5" resource

Use this resource to check the range of healthy BMI for your child.

 


"Height of Girls ages 5 - 19" resource

"Height of Girls ages 5 - 19" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of heights for your child

 


"Height of Boys ages 5 - 19" resource

"Height of Boys ages 5 - 19" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of heights for your child

 


"Weight for Girls ages 5 - 10" resource

"Weight for Girls ages 5 - 10" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of weights for your child

 


"Weight of Boys for ages 5 - 10" resource

"Weight of Boys for ages 5 - 10" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of weights for your child

 


"BMI for Girls ages 5 - 19" resource

"BMI for Girls ages 5 - 19" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of healthy BMI's for your child.

 


"BMI for Boys of ages 5 - 19" resource

"BMI for Boys of ages 5 - 19" resource

Use this resource to check the normal range of healthy BMI's for your child.

 

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