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BMI Calculator for Teens

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator for Teens

Your body weight (in pounds)
Your height (in inches)


  • If your BMI is between 18 and 25, it is considered normal.
  • If your BMI is below 18 you are "at risk" of being underweight, but could also be on the low end of the growth curve for your age.
  • If your BMI is over 25, you are considered "at risk" of being overweight.
  • If your BMI is over 30, you are considered overweight.

What It All Means

If your BMI is between 18 and 25, it is considered normal. Make sure you eat according to the food guide pyramid in order to remain healthy and give your body the nutrients it needs. This includes eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, and other complex carbohydrates, and choosing good sources of protein and milk products. Getting physical activity every day is also important to keep your muscles in the best shape possible.

If your BMI is below 18, you could be "at risk" of being underweight, but you could also be on the low end of the growth curve for your age. Make sure you eat according to the food guide pyramid in order to give your body the nutrients it needs. This includes eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and other complex carbohydrates, and choosing good sources of protein and milk products. Physical activity every day is also important to build muscle. If you do not increase your BMI by one point each year until you reach the age of 18, you should consult a physician.

If your BMI is over 25, you are "at risk" of being overweight. This means you should watch what you eat and increase your physical activity. The food guide pyramid can help you make good choices for meals. Plenty of fruits and vegetables should be part of any good eating plan, as should grains and other complex carbohydrates. Good sources of protein and milk include chicken, fish, and low-fat yogurt. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day and limit the amount of time you spend watching television. The more television you watch, the more likely you are to become overweight.

If your BMI is over 30, you are considered overweight. In addition to watching what you eat and increasing your physical activity, you should seek professional help in nutrition and exercise to help you lose weight and become more healthy. In the meantime, the food guide pyramid the will help you make good choices for meals. Plenty of fruits and vegetables should be part of your diet, as should grains and other complex carbohydrates. Good sources of protein and milk include chicken, fish, and low-fat yogurt. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day, and limit the amount of time you spend watching television. The more television you watch, the lower your chances are of losing weight and keeping it off.

Last Modified Date: 4/23/2001