Body Mass Index Screening Tools

Revised sex-specific Body Mass Index (BMI)-for-age percentile growth charts are now available from the New York State Department of Health.

To order pads of the growth charts, please use this order form.

The BMI-for-age percentile growth charts have been updated to include a new weight status category labeled "severely obese" for youths with a BMI at or above the 99th percentile. The prevalence of youth with severe obesity is increasing, and these children are at high risk for serious health problems.

According to the Expert Committee Recommendations for the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight and Obesity, all youth ages two years and older should be assessed annually using sex-specific BMI-for-age percentiles as part of routine pediatric health supervision.

For screening purposes, youth whose weight status is determined to be overweight, obese or severely obese should be assessed further. This would include a focused review of systems and focused family history, examination of the patient's BMI trajectory, assessment of dietary, physical activity and television/media use habits, and measurement and review of appropriate laboratory tests.

Body Mass Index Calculator

Body Mass Index Chart for Girls Ages 2-20

Body Mass Index Chart for Boys Ages 2-20

Pediatric Overweight and Obesity Prevention Recommendations