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Individual Growth Charts

The individual growth charts, with one chart per page, have the grids aligned to English units (lb, in), with metric units (kg, cm) on the secondary scale. Individual charts are available for boys and for girls. The individual charts include the following:

Infants, birth to 36 months

  1. Weight-for-age
  2. Length-for-age
  3. Weight-for-length
  4. Head circumference-for-age

Children and adolescents, 2 to 20 years

  1. Weight-for-age
  2. Stature-for-age
  3. Body mass index-for-age

Preschoolers, 2 to 5 years

  1. Weight-for-stature

The individual growth charts were published in three sets.

  • Set 1 contains 16 charts (8 for boys and 8 for girls), with the 3rd, 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th ,95th, and 97th smoothed percentile lines for all charts, and the 85th percentile for BMI-for-age and weight-for-stature.
  • Set 2 contains 16 charts (8 for boys and 8 for girls), with the 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 95th smoothed percentile lines for all charts, and the 85th percentile for BMI-for-age and weight-for-stature.
  • Set 3 contains 16 charts (8 for boys and 8 for girls), with the 3rd, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, and 97th smoothed percentile lines for all charts, and the 85th percentile for BMI-for-age and weight-for-stature.

These three distinct sets of charts are provided to meet the needs of various users. Set 1 shows all of the major percentile curves, but may have limitations where the curves are close together, especially at the youngest ages. Most users in the United States may wish to use the format shown in set 2 for the majority of routine applications. Pediatric endocrinologists and others dealing with special populations may wish to use the format in set 3 for selected applications.

Within each set, individual charts can be accessed by pointing to the associated URL. In addition, all charts in each set are combined into 3 summary files. These summary files contain the individual charts from either set 1, set 2, or set 3, as described above.

All individual 2000 CDC growth charts have an initial publication date of May 30, 2000. For various reasons, selected charts were modified after the initial publication date. Modifications were made to selected individual charts to correct or enhance particular aspects of the graphs. Where applicable, when individual charts were further modified, the date is indicated on each chart. In all cases where individual charts were modified, the data points in the corresponding data file remain unchanged from the initial release on May 30, 2000. The individual growth charts for weight-for-length and weight-for-stature were modified because the smoothed percentile lines were incorrectly graphed on the grids that were initially published.

All individual growth charts may be viewed, downloaded, and printed in Adobe Acrobat. For routine viewing and printing, the individual charts are available as PDF (600 dpi screen optimized) files.

 

Suggested citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. CDC growth charts: United States. 

http://www.cdc.gov/growthcharts/. May 30, 2000.
 

Set 1: Individual charts with all percentiles (3rd, 5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, 95th, 97th)

Set 2: Individual charts with 5th and 95th percentiles (5th, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, 95th)

Set 3: Individual charts with 3rd and 97th percentiles (3rd, 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th, 97th)

Summary Files

 

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