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What is a normal weight for a child or teenager of a certain height and age?

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There is no perfect or ideal weight for a child because weight

is related to height and body composition, rather than just age

alone. The weight of a child or teenager (relative to their

peers) can vary during growth and the growth charts can only give a

general idea of a child or teenager's weight and height at a given

age in relation to their peers. Use the growth charts, further down

this page, listed under Related Links, to see the distribution of

weights and heights of children and teenagers at various stages.

So, is your child or teenager overweight? It is possible to get

an estimate of whether or not a child's growth is appropriate by

consulting the charts. If there is a large discrepancy between

height and weight percentiles, it suggests that a child's weight is

disproportional to his height. If so, it is possible that a child

will be overweight. (Consult a doctor, for a professional

evaluation, if you think your child is overweight before starting

any sort of calorie restriction.)

An example: 12-year-old Billy is 58 inches in height and 130

pounds in weight. Is there reason to be concerned?

Consulting the growth charts, we see that 58 inches for a

12-year-old is just about at the 50th percentile. In addition, at

130 pounds and 12 years old, Billy is at the 95th percentile for

weight. Therefore, while Billy is taller than only 50% of children

his age (he's of average height), he is heavier than 95% of them!

That is a large discrepancy and, therefore, probably something to

discuss with a medical practitioner.

Another example: 8-year-old Michael Jordan Jr. is 55 inches in

height and 72 pounds in weight. Is there reason to be


Look at the growth charts. 55 inches is extremely tall for an

8-year-old, above the 95th percentile. For weight, 72 pounds is

right around the 95th percentile. So, while lil' Mikey is taller

than most children in his age group he is also heavier than most

children in his age group - he is proportional, suggesting that

things are normal.

The page links further down this page, listed under

Related Questions and Related Links, provide growth charts and

information about the causes of unwanted weight gain and the best

diet and lifestyle to reduce or prevent obesity in children or



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