As a teen, how much should I weigh?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
During the teen years, height, weight and body fat change rapidly. To help you figure out if you're the right weight for your height, check out the BMI Percentile Calculator for Child and Teen. This tool takes the standard body mass index (BMI), which is used to screen for obesity in adults, and tailors it for teens based on the fact that body fat changes with age and is different for boys and girls. You can find it on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Even if your BMI on this chart is high, it doesn't mean you're obese. But you may want to talk with your doctor, who can do other tests, such as a painless skin caliper test, to determine whether your body fat is too high for your age and gender. If you are overweight or obese, your doctor can help you develop a plan to reach a healthy weight.
This is a question has a broad answer for a teen. The best way to find if you are in a healthy weight range is BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is a ratio of height to weight and is a helpful tool especially during the adolescent years when changes in the body happen more quickly. You can figure your BMI on your own (see link below), but BMI does not tell you everything about your body composition, or the amount of lean mass (muscle, bone, etc) and amount of fat mass. BMI does not take into account if you have a lot of muscle or large frame or if you are a small person with a small frame with a lot of fat. If you see your doctor regularly, BMI will be calculated and that number will be plotted on a chart. If your doctor feels there is an issue with your weight, he or she will ask you questions about your health, diet and exercise habits and may make a referral to a certified professional (nutritionist, wellness coach, exercise specialist, etc.).

The link below is an online BMI calculator:

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