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Updated growth charts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now extend children’s body mass index up to 60. Previously, those charts only went up to 37.
“We noticed a decade ago that we were kind of outstripping our growth charts,” one weight loss surgeon in Chicago told the Associated Press.
BMI is a calculation based on height and weight. The charts in question are used to track BMI for children between 2 and 19. Experts say that they had to do this because childhood obesity has nearly quadrupled.