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Hi this is Dr. Roy Benaroch with Pediatric Physicians, PC. We're here at About.com to talk about how to tell if your child's weight is healthy.It's best to follow your child's weight and height with the help of a physician at yearly health checks. The trend—that is, how much weight and height is being gained each year—is as important as the absolute number. There's no certain weight that's the best weight for each age. A healthy weight depends on gender and size.One measurement that should be routinely followed is a child's BMI, or “body mass index.” The normal BMI varies by age, but your pediatrician can compare it to charts of healthy kids to determine a BMI percentile. In general, a BMI over 85% is overweight, and over 95% is obese. However, a BMI is not an exact measure of unhealthy weight. People who work out a lot and have a lot of muscle mass will appear to have a high BMI, even if their lean mass is healthy.The best way to sort through this is by reviewing your child's yearly growth and weight increase with your pediatrician. He or she will be able to tell you if good healthy growth is occuring. If your child is reaching into a weight zone that's less healthy, work with your pediatrician to develop strategies the whole family can follow to improve everyone's health.For more information visit about.com. Thanks for watching.