Table 1:

Recommended cut-offs by the World Health Organization for screening for undernutrition and overnutrition21,22

VariableAge
Birth to 2 yr2 to 5 yr5 to 19 yr
MeasureWeight-for-lengthBMI-for-ageBMI-for-age
Wasted< 3rd centile< 3rd centile< 3rd centile
Overweight> 97th centile> 97th centile> 85th centile
Obese99.9th centile99.9th centile97th centile
  • Note: BMI = body mass index.