When your height and weight is measured we compare it to a growth chart. We can also use your height and weight to calculate your body mass index (BMI) and see how this compares to others of your age. If the BMI is lower than average you might be underweight and if your BMI is above average you might be overweight or obese (very overweight for your age).
How can I tell if I'm overweight?
Many teenagers do not realise they are above the healthy weight range for their height and age. Even if they do, their shape might be put down to ‘puppy fat,’ genes or ‘big bones’. We are all a different shape and size however it is important to know whether you are as healthy as you can be.
Being overweight as a teen is a condition that should be taken seriously. Overweight teens may become obese and suffer physically and emotionally. Not only can your size cause problems now, but if you continue to gain weight at an excessive rate, it is likely to lead to health issues in the future.
We also know that adolescents who are overweight or obese are likely to experience bullying and teasing about their weight and may develop social or emotional difficulties.
I’m worried that I might be overweight?
If you are concerned that you may be gaining too much weight for your height, you should first check your height and weight and put these values into a BMI calculator.
Use the BMI calculator to check what your BMI is today.