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The boy scouts of America stirring up some new controversy this morning.
Banning any of their members with a body mass index known as a BMI.
Of forty or greater.
They're saying that they cannot attend one of the big boy scout events which is the national scout jamboree competition.
Which officially gets under way today.
Now in response so -- -- to listen to that's because so long but it explains exactly what the boys cap perspective is not -- These AT teams scouts and scatters to live a sustainable life which includes a healthy lifestyle.
And the health of our participants are the most important goals of the jamboree.
We published -- height and weight requirements years in advance -- do this every four years at some side.
And many individuals began -- health regiment to lose the weight in order to attended jamboree but for those who could not.
Most self selected in chose not to apply.
The summit is one of the premier high adventure bases in the world and that comes with a physically challenging terrain.
We have these requirements in place to ensure our participants enjoy the jamboree in a safe manner investing -- -- -- Joining -- now -- she's garner some New York's Methodist Hospital.
Doctor welcome what do you think.
But he is a big mistake I think it's discouraging the kids that need exercise the most from getting involved.
No there there assuming that you take -- someone's weight and height and you can determine what kind of fitness levels he knows and that's just not possible I mean look at the sumo wrestler.
You look at him you think are the -- -- -- shape.
But the guy's in great shape because had to wait does not have a lot to do -- exercise and fitness.
Yeah I don't understand most of the things that my kids participate and they put the onus on family doctor they give -- medical farm and they say you know -- your doctor allow this child to participate.
It seems like that would have been an easier way for the voice has to go about it.
-- and -- and -- addition -- easier or more accurate way because.
You you how many times we hear tragedies of this -- you were -- football player and student high schooler.
Dies on the field and didn't even know this kid was sick as you look great means all kinds of heart conditions and lung conditions and these kids have diabetes that you -- we'll evaluate.
Before you -- to go why not have a rigorous physical exam for all those participating.
And this -- you go to avoid a tragedy like the time we often see this time.
Yeah -- I think you're absolutely right it seems to me -- the smarter way for the Boy -- took on this I'm curious why they did not.
Would've been to you know put the onus on the Stanley Doctor Who would you say -- a much easier way to evaluate because they're familiar with that child.
And and you write every year we hear of some kind of tragedy happening do -- heat.
And kids being overweight but you know that the bond mad at mass index -- they're talking about.
39 is -- and that's very high I really do expect that there would be a lot of kids it would bonds that category.
-- -- very few but.
What it was interesting to me is a 39 point nine vs forty it's different treatment and you're assuming all this is such an accurate -- that a kid's got a 39 point nine BMI.
-- that there's a big difference from California and there isn't and it.
-- BMI typically this is fraught with errors particularly in people with a lot of muscle -- a lot of our football players would not be able to make the criteria to perform this boy scout.
And -- and also -- also assuming that you think is this -- can control his way at army is saying well we gave me yet to lose wade white in me.
It's not so -- That's -- -- thank you very much good I'm where we'll see.
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