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Obesity is the condition of having too much total body fat. Being obese means that the child's weight is greater than what is considered healthy compared to other children of the same age, gender, and height. Obesity is determined by a measurement called BMI (body mass index). BMI is an estimate of body fat and is calculated from height and weight. For children, a BMI that is greater than 95 percent of boys or girls of the same age is considered obese.
The main sign of this condition is having too much body fat.
Your child may have other tests to check for underlying conditions.
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