As young students face changes in their environments and with their bodies, their risk level for developing an eating disorder increases. Keeping in mind what is a base line for a child or young adolescent will help you determine if that student may be showing signs of an eating disorder.
BMI is calculated based on a person’s height and weight and is not a direct measurement of the body’s fat. However, according to the CDC, it is considered an accurate way to measure a person’s body fat content. “Children’s average, low, and high BMI’s vary with their age and sex and so special guide- lines must be used when interpreting a child’s BMI.” Also, as mentioned in drreddy.com, other factors need to be considered such as an athletic build that is lean, but has extra muscle adding to the individual’s body weight.