Bust That BMI

The news is full of warnings about childhood obesity and poor eating habits. We can now blame those extra pounds for everything from poor school performance to early death. It’s enough to scare your True Religion jeans right off.

As if figuring out how to revamp your family’s diet, add more fruits and veggies, and ditch the fat, sugar, and salt isn’t enough, the medical world is insisting that you stay on top of your kiddos’ BMI (stands for body mass index) to insure their weight is in the healthy range.

It’s just one more thing to do … and what’s that formula? What would you do with it once you got it? And do you really want to know?

Well, yeah, you do. It’s the most accurate way to know if your child’s growth is moving in the right direction, so let’s make it easy, quick, and painless.

Here’s a link to the BMI calculator, complete with charts  for girls and boys in all age ranges. It’s simple — just plug in your child’s height and weight, and presto! Having the information may motivate you to keep going and make some changes.

We like the Meal Makeover Moms for healthy ideas and tips that you may not have thought of, and you probably have your own favorites, so go google-crazy and get on it. You’ll love the feeling you get when you take action.

To read more about kids and nutrition, check out these MOC favorites.

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

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