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What is used to determine if a child is overweight or has obesity?

To determine if your child is overweight or has obesity, your healthcare provider can use a growth chart, based on height and age, to determine a percentile based on the average weight your child should be. Also, you can calculate body mass index based on your child's height and weight.

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