SonneWheel (TM) Pediatric BMI Assessment Tool
Inventors: Kendrin Sonneville
Invention Types: Diagnostic/Prognostic, Medical Device
Research Areas: Metabolic Disease
Keywords: For More Information Contact: Meyer, Abbie
Body Mass Index (BMI) is used as an indirect measure of body fatness in adults.Â Because people will ideally maintain their weight and height throughout adulthood, ideal BMI ranges are the same for all individuals 20 years and older.
Assessment in children, however, is not as simple. Because the amount of body fat changes with age and because the amount of body fat differs between boys and girls, age- and sex-specific BMI percentiles are needed to determine if a child is “underweight”, “normal weight”, “at risk of overweight”, or “overweight”.
The SonneWheel, developed by Kendrin Sonneville, a Registered Dietitian at Children's Hospital Boston, is an innovative new tool that calculates BMI (using height in inches or centimeters and weight in pounds or kilograms) and provides sex- and age-specific BMI percentiles for children ages 2 to 20.
Tool that calculates BMI (using height in inches or centimeters and weight in pounds or kilograms) and provides sex- and age-specific BMI percentiles for children ages 2 to 20.