I’m worried that I might not be a healthy weight?
If you are concerned that you are underweight or overweight you should tell your parents or someone who you trust. Growing up means that our height and weight change every week. Some children can be worried that they are not tall enough, some worry that they are too tall and others worry that they weigh too much or too little. Sometimes we can get upset if other children or adults say things about how we look. If this happens to you, it is important that you tell someone you trust so that they can help. Remember, it is not kind to be mean to others about how they look (the colour of their skin, the type of hair they have or the shape of their body).
If you are worried about your growth, you could ask your parent/s to measure your height and weight. Then he/she can put the numbers into a growth calculator and check what your body mass index is. The body mass index is like a maths calculation. It is used to give a rough idea about whether a child is underweight, overweight or just right for his/her age. Your parent/s could also take you to see your GP so that your doctor can measure your growth. Another option is to go to your local health centre or chemist / pharmacy and use the height measure and scales there!
Ask your parent/s to look at the parent section of this website and you can look at the Healthy and Happy section for some ideas on being as healthy as possible! If your parents are measuring your height and weight, ask them to use the BMI calculator
to check what your body mass index is today.