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A chronic disease defined as having an excess of body fat. Body mass index (BMI), which is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared, is accepted as a proxy measurement of adiposity in children.

  • Children <2 years of age:
    Weight for length >95% for age: Obese
  • Children >2 years of age:
    • BMI <5%: Underweight
    • BMI 5–85%: Normal weight
    • BMI 85–95%: Overweight
    • BMI >95%: Obese
    • BMI 95–99%: Obese
    • BMI >99%: Morbid obesity

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