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While indicating the growth of children, the notes frequently mentions malnutrition or relevant conditions that the child is below 95 percentile of growth. What does this ninety five percentile mean? Perhapse it may not be necessary for USMLE, however, I would like to know about it because I can't learn about something that I don't know about.:(
 

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BMI Chart

Children growth and weight can assessed by a variety of growth charts. Commonly used is the weight for age chart which categorizes kids by percentiles.

However, the CDC and the AAP have recommended the use of BMI centiles to assess the child weight.

A child who's BMI centile is above 95th percentile is considered obese, 85-95 is considered overweight and below the 5th the kid is definitely underweight.

So if you've been reading sentences that says below the 95th centile then they want to tell you that the child is not obese.

I've attached for you with this post an education children BMI chart hope it helps.
 

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true..thats wt percentiles are...standards to assess the weight n height
.when we talk abou percentiles....we consider dat there are 100 kids...number 1 being extremely malnourished...n number 100 being way tooooooooooo over nourished
so i child in the mid is adequately nourished to put it to simple......
for example if a child is at 95th percentile..it means there are 94 kids in the standard chart who r nourished les sthan him n 5 kids more nourished....i hope i m right in my concept ..if not then do correct me plz
 

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Children growth and weight can assessed by a variety of growth charts. Commonly used is the weight for age chart which categorizes kids by percentiles.

However, the CDC and the AAP have recommended the use of BMI centiles to assess the child weight.

A child who's BMI centile is above 95th percentile is considered obese, 85-95 is considered overweight and below the 5th the kid is definitely underweight.

So if you've been reading sentences that says below the 95th centile then they want to tell you that the child is not obese.

I've attached for you with this post an education children BMI chart hope it helps.
@ Sabio:

Is there also a similar chart for height? Or a chart which contains height and weight together?
 
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