As parents watch their children grow, monitoring their development is both a source of pride and anxiety. Many consult relatives about the genetic history of their family, talk to physicians, and scour the internet for information about what's normal and what isn't. One reliable source of information lies in height and weight charts provided by health institutes across the United States.


1. History of Height and Weight Charts

The idea behind the height and weight chart started with Count Philibert de Montbeillard, who measured his son’s height every six months for the first 18 years of his life. French naturalist George Buffon published this information in 1749 and formulated the first growth curve based on a child’s age. In 1977, the National Center for Health Statistics formed its own height and weight charts for physicians across the United States.

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