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BMI Percentiles for Teens

A Healthy BMI

Remember that your body may still be growing and changing. So the BMI that you have now most likely won't be the BMI that you'll have your whole life. You may still be going through growth spurts, and your height and weight are likely to change. As your body changes, your BMI will change, too.

Don't go on a diet or stop eating food if you're worried that your BMI is too high. Talk with your doctor first to find out if you need to make any changes because of your BMI. You should never make the decision to go on a diet or change your eating habits by yourself.

It's always important to eat well and stay active so you’ll feel good and your body will be healthy. Remember to:

Eat veggies and fruits. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Ideally, you should try to have at least 5 servings of veggies or fruits every day. Mix up kinds and colors to make sure you don't miss important nutrients.

Decrease sugar. Avoid the empty calories in sugary drinks and sodas. Instead, drink water or reduced-fat milk.

Limit screen time. Get away from that TV, computer, or phone and get active! Too much screen time means less time moving. Limit screen time -- television, computers, video games -- to 2 hours a day or less. In addition, eating while sitting in front of the TV or on the computer is a common habit. You will eat less as you limit your screen time.

Move your body. You need to get at least 60 minutes of activity a day. It doesn't have to be all at once, so walk, run, or bike whenever you can.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on February 15, 2014
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