It’s bad enough having a letter sent home from the school regarding bad grades or bad behavior but a letter that says you’re fat?
The American Academy of Pediatrics argues measuring kids height and weight and sending letters home with those who are overweight is an important tool in combating obesity. It’s now done in 21 states in the U.S.
They say they have seen positive outcomes in the limited testing that’s been done.
Critics say its ‘shaming ‘ and will encourage bullying.
This as Toronto is set to embark on its first Body Mass Index (BMI) testing for students on a volunteer bases, however no personal information will be gathered.
Here’s a novel idea.
Why don’t we teach them more about life style and less about labeling.
Making comprehensive physical and health education mandatory throughout high school is a good start, and probably cheaper…
I’m Scott Thompson.