Went Looking For A Height And Weight Chart For A Child
I went looking for a child’s height and weight chart today. You know the kind – at 5 feet you should weigh between 40 and 800 pounds, depending on whether you have a small, medium or large frame. Something easy to understand, since I never did make it to medical school. Barely made it thru math. And charts? Fuggedabouit! All I want to know is how much a kid should weigh at 10 years old, depending on his height. Not what he should weigh in 3 years.
But no. All I could find was BMI’s, charts, which helps me about as much as a penny on a floor. They all look like this, and even blown up and looking at the formula provided on the chart we couldn’t figure out if a sign was a plus sign or dividing sign. I would insert a nice picture of a growth chart here, but I can’t get a picture to display in wordpress to save my life!
This site has alot of good tools but I never did come up with a clear answer.
I do understand the concept that I shouldn’t force him lose a hundred pounds, (as opposed to letting him stay the size he is
and be miserable and maybe hang him by his arms for a few hours a day in hopes that it makes him grow 4 or 5 inches, lol…):
While most children should not be put on a severely restricted diet, weight management by a combined approach of a sensible diet and regular exercise will help to control their weight gain.
Apparently I’ve been doing something right, then. He hasn’t gained in 4 months, he tends to fluctuate the same 4 pounds.
The first goal of weight management in kids should be to stop weight gain and maintain normal growth in height. This way they can ‘grow into’ their weight. You can begin doing this by having your child eat healthier (about 500 fewer calories each day) and begin a program of regular exercise and physical activity. Once your child has stopped gaining weight and is on a regular program of dieting and exercising, you can set further goals of slow weight loss (about a 10% reduction at a time) if necessary.
I found one here, that at least your average Joe can comprehend:
Once here, go to the Child and Teen Calculator.