Originally Posted by Norasmomma
My DD is 40lbs and 40 inches, I was told that makes her in the 92nd percentile and that it makes her BMI a 17.3, which makes her overweight. I personally find that to be a bunch of crap, but whatever.
Get used to it. You will get that lecture every time if your kid is off the charts for height and weight, because the computer tells them to.
My DD has always been beyond the 97th percentile for height, and ranged between 88 - 97th for weight. Right now she is 8 years old and 5' tall and 77 lbs.
I don't remember what her height was at 4, but she was already in size 6x for length (have always had to take in the waist of her pants, she outgrows the length while never growing into the width. At that time, I was told she off the charts for height, had fallen to 88 percentile for weight (she'd always been at 90 - 95 before) and was told in front of her that she was overweight. My girl whom I was having to ALTER her pants so that they would fit around her middle because she was so skinny (but muscular, so she was a lot denser for her width). Believe it or not, I was told by the doctor that for calculating kids' BMI they only pay attention to weight. Sigh.
Then all the way home DD was asking why the doctor thought she was overweight, did that mean that she was too big. GRRRRRRR!
Numbers sometimes replace common sense at well child visits. I think the main thing to track is a precipitous fall or gain in weight alone. I do think though that if you have a loudmouthed, insensitive doctor who's going to make comments like that, you may need to ask them to refrain from doing so if you've got a precocious kid or by the time she is 6, kids are already getting pounded by "fat" messages at that age, the last thing I needed was to have some clueless doctor meaninglessly babbling at me from the computer printout without respecting what my kid was absorbing.