# Math 30 IB Standard Level Body Mass Index Portfolio Assignment

Essay by t3tsuboHigh School, 11th grade April 2009

This portfolio is an investigation into how the median Body Mass Index of a girl will change as she ages. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a comparison between a person's height (in meters) and weight (in kilograms) in order to determine whether one is overweight or underweight based on their height. The goal of this portfolio is to prove of disprove how BMI as a function of Age (years) for girls living in the USA in 2000 can be modeled using one or more mathematical equations. This data can be used for parents wanting to predict the change in BMI for their daughters or to compare their daughter's BMI with the median BMI in the USA.

The equation used to measure BMI is:

The chart below shows the median BMI for girls of different ages in the United States in the year 2000:

 Age (years) Median BMI 2 16.40 3 15.70 4 15.30 5 15.20 6 15.21 7 15.40 8 15.80 9 16.30 10 16.80 11 17.50 12 18.18 13 18.70 14 19.36 15 19.88 16 20.40 17 20.85 18 21.22 19 21.60 20 21.65

The values "height (m)" and "weight (kg)" can be discarded when trying to analyze this data because it is not consistent that a girl will have a fixed weight to height or vice versa when they are a certain age.

For example, the median BMI for a 10 year old girl is 16.80. With only the data provided, one cannot isolate either the height variable or the weight variable using the formula for calculating BMI.

Using the computer program TI InterActive!Ã¢ÂÂ¢ to graph a scatterplot using the data, the resultant graph is as follows:

One of the parameters of this data are that all x and y values are positive, because one cannot have...