Body Mass Index (BMI) Wheel

image of BMI wheelDetermining body mass index (BMI) is an inexpensive, reliable way for health workers to identify malnutrition in children over 5 years of age, adolescents, and non-pregnant, non-lactating adults. 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.

How the Wheel Works: First Turn the wheel to align the client's weight and height. Next Read and record the BMI displayed. Last For Adults 19 years and over: Classify nutritional status using the reference table on the wheel. Children 5-18 years of age: Turn the wheel over and align the arrow to the number closest to the child's age. Then Classify nutritional status using the reference table on the wheel.

How to Print the BMI Wheel

The design files for the BMI wheel are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese for organizations interested in printing the wheel for their own use.

Access to the files is given through a sublicense agreement with FHI 360 that provides the non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free right to use, make, copy, reproduce, publish, display, distribute, transmit, and translate the BMI wheel. Interested organizations should send an email request with their name and address to

FHI 360 will then provide the design files that can be used by a professional printer to print and assemble the wheels. To ensure accuracy of the wheel, as per the sublicense, the design files cannot be modified other than for translation.

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