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Table 8.4 Children's BMI, 2017, by age and sex

Aged 2-15 with valid height and weight measurementsa 2017
BMI status (National BMI percentiles) Age Total
2-6 7-11 12-15
% % % %
Boys
At risk of underweightb 2 2 1 1
Healthy weightc 79 75 70 75
At risk of overweightd 12 9 13 11
At risk of obesitye 7 15 15 12
Outwith healthy rangef 21 25 30 25
Overweight (including obese)g 20 24 29 24
Girls
At risk of underweightb 1 1 3 1
Healthy weightc 76 69 59 69
At risk of overweightd 12 13 20 15
At risk of obesitye 10 17 18 15
Outwith healthy rangef 24 31 41 31
Overweight (including obese)g 23 30 38 29
All children
At risk of underweightb 1 1 2 1
Healthy weightc 78 72 66 72
At risk of overweightd 12 11 16 13
At risk of obesitye 9 16 16 13
Outwith healthy rangef 22 28 34 28
Overweight (including obese)g 21 27 33 26
Bases (weighted):
Boys 195 210 173 579
Girls 200 214 122 536
All children 394 425 295 1115
Bases (unweighted):
Boys 196 205 154 555
Girls 210 190 109 509
All children 406 395 263 1064

a Children whose BMI was more than 7 standard deviations above or below the norm for their age were excluded from the table
b BMI at or below 2nd percentile
c BMI above 2nd percentile, below 85th percentile
d BMI at or above 85th percentile, below 95th percentile
e BMI at or above 95th percentile
f BMI at or below 2nd percentile, at or above 85th percentile
g BMI at or above 85th percentile


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