Menu ENN Search

FANTA's Body Mass Index (BMI) Wheel

News

Determining BMI is a way for health workers to identify malnutrition in children over 5 years of age, adolescents, and non-pregnant, non-lactating adults. BMI is calculated as body mass divided by the square of the body height(kg/m2). In 2014, FANTA and the Boston Children’s Hospital created the BMI Wheel for health care workers in developing countries to quickly calculate BMI and BMI-for-age, as well as determine a client’s nutritional status using a single time-saving tool. The FANTA Project is pleased to announce that the BMI Wheel is now available.

The design files for the BMI wheel are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese for organisations interested in printing the wheel for their own use.  For details on how to print and use the tool, including an informational video, visit: www.fantaproject.org/tools/body-mass-index-bmi-wheel.

Any questions or experiences on using the tool should be sent to: fantamail@fhi360.org

 

 

More like this

FEX: Assessing nutritional status in HIV positive adults

Summary of published research1 Humanitarian agencies are starting antiretroviral (ARV) programmes in a number of conflict settings. Many of the patients in these programmes are...

FEX: Review of nutrition and mortality indicators for Integrated Phase Classification

Summary of technical review1 The Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) Technical Working Group and the Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) Task Force on Assessment,...

en-net: FANTA Update: March 2013

FANTA UPDATE | March 2013 In this issue of the FANTA Update, we highlight some of the latest publications, events, and news from the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance...

en-net: malnutrition rate

Dear All, Urgently want to know in any nutritional survey what is the difference we can expect in the percentage of SAM children we will find using WFH criteria and with MUAC...

FEX: New WHO Growth Standards for 0-5 years

The WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study (MGRS) was undertaken between 1997 and 2003 to generate new growth curves for assessing the growth and development of infants and...

FEX: Assessing nutritional status using armspan measurement

Summary of published paper1 In older people, the use of body mass index (BMI) to determine nutritional status is often unreliable. In particular, the accuracy of height...

FEX: Anthropometric predictors of mortality in undernourished adults in southern Sudan

Summary of published research1 Location: South Sudan What we know: Acute adult undernutrition tends to occur in prolonged severe famines. There is a lack of evidence on which...

FEX: WHO growth reference for children and adolescents

Summary of published research1 The need for a widely applicable growth reference for older children and adolescents has increasingly been recognised by countries attempting to...

FEX: Anthropometric indicators to identify a pregnant woman as acutely malnourished and predict adverse birth outcomes

Summary of published research1 Location: Global What we know: There is no consensus on how to identify pregnant women as acutely malnourished and when to enrol them in...

FEX: Implementation of a field study of body composition among young infants in sub-Saharan Africa

By Ezekiel Mupere, John Mukisa, Lynnth Turyagyenda, Peace Aber, Luke S Uebelhoer, Celine Bourdon, Robert Bandsma, Emmanuel Chimwezi, Jonathan C Wells, Wieger Voskuijl, Judd L...

en-net: Nutritional status and vulnerability of older adults/older people (aged 50 +)

Happy New Year to En-net colleagues, I have recently been contracted by HelpAge International (in partnership with NutritionWorks) to write a module on nutrition in older...

FEX: Targeted Food Distribution to Women and Children in Northern Afghanistan

By Regine Kopplow, Concern Worldwide Regine Kopplow is a senior nutrition advisor with Concern, working in Afghanistan since April 2002. Previous field experiences include...

FEX: A growth reference for MUAC-for-age among school age children and adolescents and validation for mortality

Summary of research1 Location: Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe What we know: An internationally accepted reference for mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) does not exist for...

en-net: Gold standard for assessment of wasting among children 6-59 months

Dear ENN experts, I would like to compare wasting using MUAC, WFH and BMI-for-age ? What should i use as the Gold standard in assessing specificty and...

en-net: Assessment of Adult Malnutrition in "Long-legged" populations

Dear ENN, I was wondering if there was any information or experience available in the use or adjustment of BMIs in adult populations in populations that are skewed from the...

en-net: Assessing levels of maternal malnutrition

In Niger the 2006 MICS estimated 19.2% of women of reproductive age to be malnourished (with a BMI<18.5) and 1.9% severely malnourished (BMI<16). In Zinder the rate was 29.6%...

en-net: MUAC only for MAM admissions?

With the objective to simplify CMAM protocols the Concern South Sudan team is interested in experiences using MUAC as the only admission criteria into SFP. Who has done it...

FEX: Examining the integration of Food by Prescription into HIV care and treatment in Zambia

By Kate A. Greenaway, Elizabeth C. Jere, Milika E. Zimba, Cassim Masi and Beatrice Mazinza Kawana Kate Greenaway is Senior Technical Advisor, HIV Unit, Catholic Relief...

NEX: Lessons from Namibia’s Nutrition Assessment Counselling and Support Programme for addressing child, adolescent and maternal undernutrition and HIV/AIDS

Hilde Liisa Nashandi and Marijke Rittmann Hilde is the Senior Health Programme Officer in the Food and Nutrition Sub-Division of the Ministry of Health and Social Services in...

FEX: From the editor

This issue of Field Exchange gives extended coverage to a briefing paper just released by Oxfam and SC UK on the 2011 response to the Horn of Africa crisis. This paper argues...

Close

Reference this page

ENN (2016). FANTA's Body Mass Index (BMI) Wheel. Field Exchange 53, November 2016. p65. www.ennonline.net/fex/53/fantasbodymassindexbmiwheel