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Healthy living and weight management

Children Weight

What is a healthy weight for my child?

As children grow and develop at different rates it’s not always easy to tell if they are a healthy weight.

For children and young people aged 2 to 18, you can check their weight by working out their body mass index using the NHS BMI calculator.

A child’s BMI tells us if their weight is right for their height, and the result is given as a centile (or percentile). A healthy weight is usually between the 3rd and 91st centile.

Babies and toddlers grow and change shape so fast – sometimes it can be difficult to spot when they are gaining weight a little too quickly. More children and young people than ever are overweight. As a parent, there’s plenty you can do you help your child become a healthier weight, like getting them eating well and increasing their activity levels. How to help your child become a healthier weight

If you have concerns about your child’s weight speak to your GP who will be able to offer support and advice or refer you to appropriate local services.