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BIGPERM47
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3/7/13 12:37 P

all the letters are going to do isnt educate parents, but piss them off



WHOVIAN85
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3/7/13 12:32 P

I strongly disagree that we need more government intervention over our children. It is the parents job to feed their children healthy food, it is the parents job to make sure their children are active and healthy, it is NOT the governments job to raise our children or tell us what we should or shouldn't eat.



1GROVES2
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3/7/13 12:14 P

As a school employee (although in the state of Mo) I think this is over stepping the bounderies! I doubt my state would allow anyone associated with school to send these letters out! This is not the schools responsibility! This is the responsibility of the health dept. If they are the ones saying this they need to be the ones sending out the letters.



SASSYBRUN
Posts: 191
3/7/13 12:06 P

I was reading the comments, and the nanny state ones made me laugh, sadly.

We actually need more POSITIVE government intervention to tackle this issue. Food and beverage advertising needs to be limited. Foods and beverages advertised to children need to be healthier (children develop strong brand loyalty). Schools need to get rid of unhealthy food and drinks.

Then, without all these outside pressures, parents and children are able to make better choices.

I read that if all Americans consumed only 100 less calories a day, the food industry would suffer 40 billion yearly loss. That is the real problem, there is a huge financial incentive driving us towards fatness. It's pathetic that in their greed food companies target children, it's truly evil. I wish America got a grass roots initiative to come up against these methods. I want people to say enough is enough.



SASSYBRUN
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3/7/13 11:51 A

I think the letter is dangerous in that it labels the child, on the other hand the parents should become aware of the problem (if there is one).

In another post related to child obesity, I mentioned the HBO documentaries "Weight of the Nation", one is on childhood obesity and very informative (these are available for free on the HBO website).

Obesity or,being overweight in children is not just an issue of looks or emotional impact. There are health issues at the time the child is large, such as pre diabetes and high cholesterol (that's so insane, that a child should have this).

Some of what I learned from the documentary, that 50% of calories consumed by children are consumed in schools. These schools sell horrendous food, such as pizza and chicken nuggets (congress passed a law 2 yrs ago to make this healthier, but it was tweaked after back lash from food companies into accommodating things like pizza). So, the first thing I would do as a parent is ask the school what they're doing about the food they serve in that school. And/or ask the, to have a small portion of their biology/science curriculum dedicated to explaining the need for healthier food choices (emphasis on health not weight).

In the documentary there were 3 families actively coping with a heavy child, but doing the right things to help them. So maybe the letter will help in getting he parents to intervene in their child's behaviors outside of school (no tv in their room, not eating at the computer, more exercise).

It's a big problem and children are being challenges from all sides. From manipulative junk food advertising, lifestyle problems from technology, availability of tasty cheap junk food, bad food in school, energy drinks in school(!). Suffer the little children.



QUIETCUPOFTEA
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3/7/13 11:24 A

last year my daughter got a letter saying she was in danger of becoming obese. my jaw dropped! she is very tall for her age, and always has been. she is also very athletic & active (gymnastics/etc), and so has muscles. when i showed her pediatrician the letter, he got angry. they use a very simple formula which is highly innacurate. i didn't show my daughter; at the age of 11 i don't want her believing she's fat and going down that dangerous line of thinking.



KKKAREN
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3/7/13 11:15 A

I think it can really hurt the child to be sent home with this type letter. The parents know when there is a problem.



DEBHAPPY2B
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3/7/13 10:52 A

This happened tomy daughter a few years ago, and she never forgave them. Do they think we don't know our kids' BMI's and such?



JLEMUS1
Posts: 4,054
3/7/13 10:50 A

Wow I remember doing the sit-ups and pushups and running a mile to test our activity and health level. I would hate it but now I wish it would come back, even the biggest loser is trying to help kids. We would play outside now there on the computer or the cell phone. We need to help our kids before it's too late and we become like that movie WALL-E where we even played tennis from a chair.



OKIEGIRL561
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3/7/13 9:17 A

Here's a picture of one of the students who got a fat notification letter.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/
06/is-this-10-year-old-too-fat-the-sta
te-of-massachusetts-apparently-thinks-so/



JANIEWWJD
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3/2/13 12:20 A

Oh wow!!!!



SHUPER5
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3/2/13 12:14 A

It's not the school job period to do this!I do not agree with this at all!It is the parents responsibility,I wish they would stop trying to pry in almost everything.So what is next,are they going to tell them what to eat?This is crazy,I think it's time for the parents to start putting there foot down.This is about our liberties and our children liberties.



ANARIE
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3/1/13 11:29 P

"Does this same school district send out letters to parents of the emaciated, skinny, students too, warning them that they are not feeding those kids appropriatly?"

Yes. It does. Read the article.



UMBILICAL
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3/1/13 9:22 P

School is not my "Momma".



ETHELMERZ
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3/1/13 9:19 P

Does this same school district send out letters to parents of the emaciated, skinny, students too, warning them that they are not feeding those kids appropriatly?? Tit for Tat!!! Knobby knees, pointy noses, sharp elbows, lets get the school to deal with those kids and their parents too, shall we?? Our society has gotten so shallow and bored, something or someone always has to be picked on, that must be why there are celebrities.



GLIESE581
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3/1/13 8:38 P

I doubt the letters will do much good. This is a very complex problem and unless the child is very obese, trying to help can often be counterproductive. I know from my own experiences in middle school. In our 8th grade gym class, we were all weighed, measured and had our body fat measured. I still remember my results to this day. My body fat percentage was right in the middle of the "normal" range, but I was 2lbs. "overweight" and our teacher said I needed to lose it. I had never thought about my weight before. I then began my obsessing about my weight. I went days only eating only very small amounts and being constantly hungry. Then I would binge when I couldn't take it anymore often buying candy or eating in the middle of the night when everyone else was asleep. I hated myself for eating, but just couldn't stop and didn't know why. Before this I had ate when I was hungry, stopped when I was full and didn't really think about it at all. I know what the school did was not intentional, but nonetheless, it set me on a path of bad eating habits and real weight problems that continued for 15 years. Would it have happened even if I hadn't been told I need to lose, maybe-maybe not. When I had kids, I decided there had to be a better way and started really educating myself about nutrition. I didn't want my kids to end up like me. I am very careful about how I talk to my 2 and 4 year olds about food, eating habits and exercise/activities. I worry that I will unintentionally cause them to be obsessed with food and/or weight.

I would be interested to see how this school deals with nutrition education and what is on their lunch/breakfast menu. In my school district lunches still routinely consist of cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, hot dogs, chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes with butter, tater tots, buttered corn and other equally healthy fare. Breakfast is eggs and sausage or biscuits and gravy. If the school district sending the letters has a similar menu, they need to look at themselves first. When my kids are old enough to go to school, I will packing their lunch and I will be monitoring what they teach my kids about nutrition.

Parents are responsible for the health of their kids, not the schools. I know some parents are irresponsible, but that doesn't make it alright for schools to step in and try to fix the problem. Unless a child is in immediate danger (ex. being beaten at home), they should stay out of it.

Edited by: GLIESE581 at: 3/2/2013 (10:44)


TINIERTINA
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3/1/13 3:07 P

You are so right.

Squandering our tax dollars.
Being the nanny state.



OKIEGIRL561
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3/1/13 2:06 P

There will always be people who want to control you "for your own good." Why not worry about ourselves and our own families. Increasing taxes to send out "fat" notices and achieve other control over the lives of people doesn't work out well for anyone.



DMJAKES
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3/1/13 1:23 P

Wow, interesting thread. I can remember as a kid getting those annual physical exams at school...hearing, vision, height, weight and a quick look at the teeth are what I recall. My parents would then get a summary mailed to the home. Looking back, I think it was a good idea as my parents didn't take me to the doctor unless I was very ill....I don't recall ever going in for a "well visit" after I had all the necessary vaccinations.

Today, I have to wonder where the pediatrician is in all of this? My kids' doc would go over everything with me each year, show me where they fell on the height/weight percentile chart, review what had changed, what I could expect, etc.

I would like to see one of the actual letters...if it was worded more toward developing healthy habits and wasn't accusatory, then I think the parents that get upset are probably suffering from a guilty conscience.



ZORITSA
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3/1/13 1:05 P

Gotta agree with I_Heart_My_fam.If the schools feel it is their right to send out letters to those who are overweight....they need to also step it up and help the parents and children out.My 5th grader doesn't have recess anymore,he has only 9 weeks of P.E.,the school lunches are crap(I rarely let him buy),and he's gone from 8am-4pm every school day.Bring back recess,make P.E. everyday,the entire school year,and make lunches healthier.Also,health classes should include a lot more nutrition.

Basically,sending out notes,imo...aren't going to make a lick of a difference...except either make parents mad,or make a kid feel bad.





TINIERTINA
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3/1/13 12:14 P

This is fat shaming.

Given an official imprimatur.

End of case.



I_HEART_MY_FAM
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3/1/13 10:29 A

LOVE4KITTIES- I do know that calling someone fat is not nice. I never refer anyone to being fat, but when I think of that moment in my life the little angry girl comes out for a few seconds like it did in my post. I even called myself fat in that post and I am not fat, I am a good woman with many great quailties that has extra pounds and needs to learn to take them off and keep them off. Fat I am not, I am not a blob of nothing but waste.... You ever hear of writing therapy, that's basically what I did down there. I was hestitant to write it but realized putting it out there may help me.



I_HEART_MY_FAM
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3/1/13 10:15 A

No comparison as to eyes and weight unless the parents have bad vision.

The parent that has an obvious over weight child knows that they do and if they are not doing anything about it you think the letter will make them. Is the school offering free gym sessions or playtime with the kids? Other then stating your child is overweight and nutrition facts what is the school going to do to get the kids up and moving? is there free programs for kids to get exercise? Will they leave school playground open for kids to play with security? what's the plan? kids overweight often have parents that are overweight and they don't move much either. An overweight kid is a neglected kid in my book, kids should have the energy to burn off what they take in, there are some exceptions due to health reasons I do know that. Some parents sit their kids in front of tvs with food to keep them occupied. My kids are not overweight but I am guilty of hindering them during playtime. If they wanted to play out front I had to be out there and they did not like that. I would rather have mad kids then a kidnapped one. I think many parents are scared to have their kids play outside these days. Kids need supervised outdoor places to play that does not sell soda or food. Every childs play place is full of unhealthy foods. The world needs to change on how kids can get exercise because we can't let our kids just jump on a bike and go these days because we live in fear. With both parents working kids go home and eat and watch tv, and play games and are told not to leave the house. The food they are eating is loaded with fats and calories. I say help the kids find a way out of this mess by creating safe places kids can go to play where parents feel safe and no food or drinks allowed but water.



ANARIE
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3/1/13 1:04 A

When I was 8, the school tested all the students' vision and informed my parents that I was blind as a bat and needed glasses. They tested our hearing, and the parents of kids who couldn't hear got notices. I'm willing to bet that vision and hearing screening still goes on in most schools. Why is obesity screening any different? It's no different from my nearsightedness-- they're both health problems that come on slowly, and are easy for even a good parent to overlook. When the school told my parents, "Look, the only thing she can read is the big 'E,'" they were a little bit embarrassed, but they suddenly realized that I'd been showing signs of a problem for months-- they remembered a car trip when I hadn't been able to read the names of towns on water towers, they realized that I had started refusing to play catch or baseball, and so on. A certain number of the parents of obese children who get a letter stating the child's BMI will suddenly realize that they've been buying larger size clothes than that child really ought to wear, and they'll remember times when their child couldn't keep up with other children the same age, etc. Hopefully, the letters include some suggestions for the next step, and the parents will follow them.

And if I were the obese parent of an obese child and I got a letter from the school saying, "Your child isn't just pudgy-cute. Her weight is endangering her health and may shorten her life," I think that just might be the kick in the pants I would need to change my life first so I could then help her.

We can quibble over whether BMI is the right measurement to determine health risk, but the fact is, 95% of children with a BMI in the obese range are NOT athletes with huge amounts of muscle. The parents of the 5% who are can just ignore the letter. The rest should know the results of the health screening, just like they should be told when teachers or screenings identify any other health risk.



JANAMP09
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2/28/13 7:57 P

I am really scared for the kids today. I see them in malls, at the pool and about and the size of some is really frightening. I can't imagine what size they will be when they gain the college 15 or have a baby or the weight gain of menopause. Something has to be done - letters seem harsh but sometimes people need to be hit with a 2 x 4 to make them wake up.



LUV2SURFCHIC
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2/28/13 7:53 P

I kind of grew up the other way. My mom (now 78) grew up a bit on the heavy side and she almost starved my brother and I to make sure we weren't teased like she was. I was underweight until I went to college and then I realized I could make my own decisions about food and I went a little (ok a lot) overboard.

Now I see parents (I live in Orange County, California) doing some of the same kind of things with their kids that my mom did -- almost bullying their kids into starvation. Isn't that as bad as the obesity thing?



WHOVIAN85
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2/28/13 7:43 P

I personally would opt out of these letters and tests done for my children, they see a pediatrician regularly that watches their weight, height and growth on personalized charts for them. I agree with many other posters, if they have the option to opt of these tests being done and they were sent to all students, then I dont see what the problem is. Also if the parents of the students at the school dont like these procedures done, the best course of action would be to hold a meeting with the school board.



MANDIETERRIER1
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2/28/13 7:07 P

I am torn about the matter.

I know some parents who are in denial and wouldn't pay attention to the letter.

And it is probably going to give bullies more ammunition.

It is not really getting to the root cause. Kind of like a bandaid for a serious wound.



LILLIPUTIANNA
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2/28/13 7:03 P

"Get the nanny state our of our lives."

And when the parents are oblivious, who will look out for the best interests of the children?

This "get the government out of our lives" mentality leads to children not receiving the health care they need.



FIRECOM
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2/28/13 6:23 P

Get the nanny state our of our lives.



LOVE4KITTIES
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2/28/13 5:18 P

"The teacher was fat! I was not fat but the teacher was fat!" "Teachers leave those kids alone."

It wasn't nice of your teacher to tell you that you were fat. It's not nice to call anyone fat, whether it's a teacher telling a student they are fat or a student (or past student) calling a teacher fat.

It's not teachers who are sending these letters home and the kids are not being called "fat." The school is sending home the letters, not the teachers, and the BMI evaluations are most likely being done by a nurse. The parents also have the option to opt out of BMI screening for their children, so these are not forced screenings. The letters do not call the kids "fat" but they do use the medically appropriate term for their BMI (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese).

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 2/28/2013 (17:31)


I_HEART_MY_FAM
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2/28/13 5:09 P

A teacher told me I was fat that I needed to go on a diet when I was in middle school. The teacher was fat! I see photos of me and I was not fat, I just wasn't skinny, not even chubby, but I had a round face as a kid, it is still round in shape but defined I have high cheek bones so my cheeks look plump. . The teacher was fat! I was not fat but the teacher was fat! Mrs. Rice was her name, she has now passed but I seen her about 5 years at Costco and I felt like that embarrassed kid my heart beat fast and I wanted to cry, but I also wanted to tell her off., I felt anger so I left without words with my tail inbetween my legs licking my childhood wound. Teachers leave those kids alone! It still baffles me how a fat teacher could tell a kid that she is fat. I will die not knowing that one. I am fat now and no way would I ever tell a kid they are fat rather I am fat or not. As an adult I know she was not happy with her weight but why take it out on a kid. It was quiet that day as we were taking a test, she was walking up and down the isle and whispered to me in my ear "you are fat, you need to go on a diet". I held my tears as much as I could, I kept my head down and swallowed my pride only thinking don't let the tears fall and my eyes just formed tears right now. How mean!!!!!!!



LOVE4KITTIES
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2/28/13 4:59 P

I have mixed feelings about this. There have been studies which show that many parents of kids who are overweight/obese don't actually know that their kid has a weight problem. They are in denial, just like the parents of the boy in that news video that is linked below (the boy doesn't look obese to me, but he does look like he's overweight and you can see it in some of the video, though not all--you have to look carefully and it's not muscle weight like his parents think). I actually see this sort of denial in my own family--I have a 6 year old nephew who is obese (I really think he's obese, not just overweight) and his mom (my sister-in-law) and her husband are not aware of this and neither are the grandparents. They all think he's healthy and has a great appetite (they are proud of how well he eats), but I find it shocking when I see how much he eats (as an example, at his 5th birthday party, I saw him eat 4 large slices of pizza, then eat a large slice of cake). I'm really concerned that he's going to have a major weight problem as he grows older. I wish the doctor would just come out and tell the parents, but he doesn't. I wish the school would send a letter home so that they would be aware.

On the other hand, I think that schools should be in the business of educating children and nothing more. I'm tired of schools acting like parents and taking responsibility for things that the parents should take care of. I think that parents need to be responsible and, if they cannot or will not be responsible, they should refrain from having kids. So far as myself, my mom always, always opted me out of the school physical exams, dental fluoride, vaccinations at school, etc. and they were semi-offended that the school was trying to do these things...things that they saw as their responsibility. My parents took me to the doctor and the dentist and they took care of these things for me. Of course, there are lots of kids who don't see doctors or dentists and there are way, way too many bad parents out there.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 2/28/2013 (17:28)


MOODPURPLE
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2/28/13 4:49 P

I agree with a poster above, I do think that schools should check for "scoliosis and dental health" along with psychical and psychological well being of our children, HOWEVER...

I do not think that letters should be given directly to the children and if information is to be given to parents there should also be educational information with the letter. Giving them sources to look at, professional to contact, and in school options (such as counseling) that may be approached.

A letter alone is insulting, a note of caution with additional information might float a bit better.



FENWAYGIRL18
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2/28/13 3:34 P

They do that where I live we never received one because my son isn't over weight at all in fact I'm always telling him to eat cause he must have a very high metabolism ( something he doesn't get from me hahaha) but a few of the women from his school said they got letters sent home about their sons and their sons aren't even fat or chubby so I don't think the schools should interfere and send those kind of notes home.
Imagine sending that home to a child that isn't really overweight (especially a girl) and then they trigger them to be anorexic I just don't agree with them especially when I saw the kids they did send it home to. These boys play hockey and believe me when I say they didn't deserve the letter.



RONIGH
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2/28/13 3:01 P

I am against letters sent to parents of fat kids. I experienced that when I was in middle school. It was very embarassing when the school nurse came to the classroom and handed me a note addressed to my parents. A more productive approach would be to meet with the parents of the concerned child, and maybe arrange for some private counselling, or assign a weight loss program discreetly.



I_HEART_MY_FAM
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2/28/13 2:54 P

Parents know if their kids are overweight. The weight discussion should be talked about with kids, parents and doctors only . Schools need stay out of the discussion but opt for healthier lunches, they need to take away ALL vending machines and have proper free water, not faucets that are filled with dirt and gross water, and do not charge for water. I am willing to pay more school taxes to give our kids good drinking water for free. Schools are making kids fat they are allowed to sell candy at school for anything and everything, not just yearly candy bars but all kinds of junk all day long.



OKIEGIRL561
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2/28/13 2:49 P

waste of money. we grew up without having letters sent out to our parents about health issues. we have a bunch of control freaks in the government, now.



SHERYLDS
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2/28/13 2:38 P

@CHEETARA79....
I understand your point...but I think there are SOME people who don't want to hear ANYTHING that suggests there is a problem (because they feel it reflects on them as parents). And I'm sure that the letters posted the BMI and the categories (underweight, healthy weight, overweight, and obese) and not the word 'FAT'.

Again ... a lot of people practice denial on their kids, as well as, themselves when it comes to weight issues. And the question of what constitutes a healthy BMI isn't valid when the child is obviously in the obese range.



CHEETARA79
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2/28/13 1:46 P

I don't think we're going to be able to win the war on obesity without hurting some peoples' feelings. Also, to me, it is very different to be called obese vs. fat. Obese is a scientific term meaning BMI greater than 30.0. Fat is a pejorative word that people use to hurt others' feelings. The DOH didn't send out "fat letters". They sent out letters about obesity and to me those are 2 entirely different things.



SHERYLDS
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2/28/13 1:37 P

@FITGLAMGIRL....I agree with you about educating people about good nutrition, but considering even the school lunches are flawed, there is a real dilemma. JAMIE OLIVER'S FOOD REVOLUTION was an eye opener for a lot of people...it's a shame it isn't on the air any more




YOJULEZ
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2/28/13 1:26 P

I read this yesterday and am torn on the subject. Part of me thinks it's good, since so many parents are overweight themselves and aren't really aware of what's healthy. I think maybe just sending home a generic letter about health etc might have been a better idea. But, in the end, if the parent is already kind of delusional about their kid's size, then a letter of any kind isn't going to do much good.

The other part of me just thinks of the poor kids. It's hard enough to be different when you're that age, but to have it pointed out and sent home in a letter isn't going to do much for their self esteem or motivation to be healthier. I was never really overweight as a kid, but I started developing breasts and a more womanly figure starting when I was 10. I was at the height I am now (5'3") by the time I was 13, and was mistaken often for a much older teenager since I had grown up so early. I got made fun of a lot, and got called fat constantly. If the school had sent a letter home to my mom telling her I was fat, well, that would have made the already self-conscious 11 year old me feel really really crappy.



FITGLAMGIRL
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2/28/13 1:16 P

I did see this info in the news. As a parent, they could opt their student out of being tested for BMI so if parents are concerned then opt out. They also sent home letters to the ones that are under in BMI too.

Obviously we have an issue with kids being overweight, that is a known fact. If this is a good tool to help parents then by all means use it.

To me a much bigger problem is the foods we consume and helping people understand this and addressing what should we eat and what should we feed our kids. Get rid of the junk food, shop the perimeter of a grocery store and exercise daily for our kids would be a start to a good solution. When are we going to address what we eat and educate the masses?

We can NO longer stand in denial!



LILLIPUTIANNA
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2/28/13 11:50 A

When I was in grade school, we used to get physical exams, and our parents were informed if any significant physical issues were observed. For example, we were checked for scoliosis and dental health, and our parents were notified accordingly.

I see nothing wrong with sending out letters, as long as everyone gets one (with the good or bad news), and it is treated as a health issue and not a matter of societal shaming.



SHERYLDS
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2/28/13 11:49 A

I remember parents looking at obese kids and making comments about 'BABY FAT'
{ as if kids are mysteriously going to outgrow bad eating habits without guidance }.
I think that there are SOME parents that need official notice that they need to address the issue...because a SOME parents are in denial of what they do to their kids as well as themselves.



CJMODISETTE
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2/28/13 11:06 A

I guess it depends upon how the letter is worded. Does it just say that their kid is fat or does it lead off with information about obesity and give the impression that they want to work hand-in-hand with the parent?

When my middle child was in kindergarten his best friend at school had a speach impediment. Jeremy thought it was cute and started speaking like him. At home he would speak clearly, at school and around his friend he would assume the speach impediment of his friend. The school sent me a letter that they had referred my child to a speach therapist. I was very angry! They didn't ask me for permission to send my child to a therapist. They didn't send a note home that children would be screened. They didn't give me any opportunity to explain why Jeremy was speaking that way. They just took over and sent a note that my child had a problem and they were going to put him in special classes because of it.

My point is: if the note to parents about their child's obesity comes across like the school is overstepping their bounds I don't wonder that parents would be upset. Any implication that a child is faulty in some way is going to be met with varying degrees of disapproval by the parents. It should be worded in such a way as to make it plain that the school is concerned about the students in general, not just this child, and give the parent the opportunity to decide if he/she wants their child to be measured for BMI.



DLBROWN93
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2/28/13 11:05 A

I hope letters went out to ALL students.



NAUSIKAA
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2/28/13 11:02 A

Studies have shown that parents vastly underestimate their child's weight percentile. Parents of kids who are clinically obese often think their kids are at a healthy weight. And parents probably should know that their kids are overweight/obese if they are. It would be nice if they used measurements instead of BMI because it's so easy to attack BMI with the tired old "my 10 yr old wrestler has more muscle mass than a bodybuilder on steroids" line (as in the article).

It's probably motivated by the right kind of thinking, but it's obviously not going to change anything for these kids. Speaking as a former fat kid, the child has to be self-motivated, or it won't happen. In my case, I didn't want it badly enough until I was in my mid-20s. No fat letter would have changed that. But it does let the school administrators make the claim that they're "getting tough on childhood obesity."



MYUTMOST4HIM
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2/28/13 10:58 A

I f they single any body out then no, I don't think it is a good idea but if it informs EVERYONE then it is probably a good idea



SHERYLDS
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2/28/13 10:53 A

'Fat letters' sent home to students in NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Schools in North Andover are trying help students dealing with obesity issues, but some families say the schools are going too far.The Department of Public Health says 32 percent of our students have a Body Mass Index that shows they're overweight or obese, and the letters are supposed to be a helpful tool for parents.

click below for the complete article
www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/north/10
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