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Schools Now Sending ‘Too Fat Letters’ To Parents

From the CBS Los Angeles affiliate, KCBS:

Schools Sending ‘Fat Letters’ To Parents About Overweight Children

September 4, 2013

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Many schools are sending notes home to parents, telling them their children are overweight. Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietitian, starts the school year by checking out the weight of hundreds of preschoolers in the San Fernando Valley.

“We look at growth charts and percentiles. And when a child is at 95 percent of their…we can look at weight for age or weight for height…that child would be considered obese,” she said.

By October, CBS2’s Suraya Fadel reported that parents will get what is called “healthy or unhealthy” letters. Kids call them “fat letters.” Schmitt said out of the 900 2 to 5-year-old children she looks at, roughly 200 are listed as obese.

Really? 22% of them?

“We let the parents know in a gentle fashion, but we also send out a ton [sic] of handouts to try to help that family,” she said.

Experts said 19 states around the country are cracking down on childhood obesity with similar letters.

So this is happening all over the country. How wonderful!

“Every year there are a few phone calls from parents who are upset,” said Schmitt.

Many districts in Southern California, such as Riverside County, choose to follow state guidelines and instead send test results of the child’s body mass index to their parents.

“It shouldn’t be a stigma. It’s not a way to categorize someone. It’s just showing that this child has increased risk to be obese as an adult, which then could lead to quite a few chronic diseases,” said Schmitt.

How is this any different from ‘bullying’? Which we used to be told was the worst danger school kids have to face.

The dietitian said the goal is to empower and educate parents with the tools to make healthier lifestyle choices for children.

And who can doubt that?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Schools Now Sending ‘Too Fat Letters’ To Parents”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    It’s been said that “fat” people are the only people it’s cool to discriminate against. And as we see here, the children aren’t even safe from the bullies.

    I, however, have the cure. It can be shown that the rise of obesity in this country is directly correlated to the rise in the use of the SNAP program ( food stamps). It’s just welfare for the grocery stores and food manufactuers anyway. Just end the program and everyone will look 1955 skinny.

  2. untrainable says:

    Maybe they should send the fat letters to Washington DC and the capitol of each state. They are the ones feeding the kids free breakfast and free lunch for the entire school year. Maybe if we let parents feed their children the fat kids might skinny up.

    Here’s an idea… NO FREE FOOD FOR FAT KIDS. They obviously don’t need it, right?

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Nanny staters, bullies and finger pointers will always be with us. The trick is not to send your kids to the Pubic Scrools.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Eh. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this one. Schools do eye, ear, scoliosis tests, as I remember, and also lice examinations.

    If they weren’t such a bunch of over-weight government screw-ups themselves, they would have some credibility on this issue. It’s no wonder people automatically oppose it.

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