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What is a healthy weight?

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It's not always easy to tell if a child is a healthy weight for their age and height.

Children and teenagers need to grow, but they are healthiest if they stay within a certain weight range as they grow. This is called a healthy weight for their age.

You can find out if a child or teenager is a healthy weight for their age using the Healthy Weight Calculator. This calculator can be used for children and teenagers from 2 years through to 18 years of age.

The calculator uses a child's height and weight to calculate a body mass index (BMI). The calculator then plots your child's age and BMI on the US Centre of Disease Control's BMI for age chart for girls or boys, and uses the chart to determine whether the child is a healthy weight for their age.

Click here to access the Healthy Weight Calculator.