Body Mass Index Teacher Resources

The Body Mass Index (BMI) has long been used as an indicator of a healthy weight-to-height ratio. Instructors might introduce the study of the BMI with a short video or show their students how to calculate their own. There’s also an app for that; but you might want to check out our review before purchasing it.

A lesson about leptin deficiency and an investigation of the hypothalamus underscores the need for a healthy diet, a PowerPoint presents viewers with information about the digestive system and the importance of nutrients, and an interactive permits learners to see how diet and exercise choices affect their weight and percentage of body fat.

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Body Mass Index (BMI)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Know your number! Diabetes and heart disease both increase with higher body mass index numbers. Understanding the body mass index (BMI) helps scholars take control of their own health. They view a comparison of what various BMI...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 7: Getting the Skinny on Obesity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Learners calculate where they fall on the body mass index (BMI) spectrum and then examine the New Food Pyramid to plan a daily eating and exercising plan.
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Body Mass Index (BMI)

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How do you calculate your Body Mass Index, and why is this information a valuable indicator of health? Class members discover not only what BMI is and practice calculating it using the height and weight of six fictitious individuals, but...
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BMI Calculations

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Obesity is a worldwide concern. Using survey results, learners compare local BMI statistics to celebrity BMI statistics. Scholars create box plots of the data, make observations about the shape and spread of the data, and examine the...
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How Much Do You Burn?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders discover their weight relative to the other children in their class. They determine how many calories they burn through exercise and compare it with their classmates. Using the internet, they calculate their body mass index...
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All About Me: Measuring Height and Weight

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students take personal fitness inventories. For this personal health lesson, students take measurements of their heights and weights. Students record the data, calculate their BMI, and then chart their physical activity.
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BMI For Kids - Body Mass Index

For Students K - 5th
Promote healthy lifestyles with an interactive that provides young learners with healthy nutrition and exercise messages. Class members plug their height and weight information into an online body mass index calculator, and hear positive...
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What's My BMI?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students construct the Metric Pyramid from the handout. They use the Metric Pyramid to convert from standard to metric measure and vice versa. They compute their own Body Mass Index.
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Obesity: Grades 3-5

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
What is obesity and what are some steps that can help? Investigate obesity by having your class read and discuss articles about obesity. Students gain knowledge about body mass index, the food pyramid, being overweight and dieting. They...
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Underweight Canadians

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore body mass index, calculate theirs, compare theirs to Canadian guidelines, and discuss possible reasons for being underweight.
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My Personal Improvement Plan

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate what is necessary to design a personal improvement plan including making web using software. They research the meaning of Body Mass Index and how to measure it before accessing assigned web sites that discuss health...
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Perceived Overweight and Actual Weight Risk Classification

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students calculate their BMI and compare it to a healthy weight chart.  In this health instructional activity, students compare the perception of overweight with healthy weight charts. Students interpret collected data and evaluate their...

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