This BMI calculator shows an initial information about the weight status of the child only. In any case, it is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.
The category “class 3 obesity” means extreme obesity. An obese child who will not change his or her habits, is highly likely to become obese in adulthood as well. He or she is at risk from the health consequences. It is highly recommended to start treatment for childhood obesity. Extreme obesity development is that which is heading toward a BMI of 40 or more in adulthood, i.e. into the zone where surgical treatment is recommended (bariatric surgery). Extreme obesity has a very high risk of future health complications. It is possible that some health changes can be detected in your child already. Contact your pediatrician and ask for care from a specialist who deals with childhood obesity.
Help your child to change the current lifestyle. Consult your doctor about necessary changes in diet and exercise regimen. Under his guidance, carefully monitor the development of your child's BMI. A single BMI value can not accurately describe the weight status of the child. The children's BMI varies with age and therefore the trend of BMI development in the child even further reflects on the future weight and future health risks.
This BMI calculator provides initial information about the weight status of the child. In any case, it is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. On the contrary, it is intended to bring the child for expert consultation if a deviation from the normal development of the child is detected. BMI is a parameter calculated from height and weight and only indirectly indicates the amount of fat in the body. More accurate assessment requires examination by a trained health professional.