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Controversial new initiative by some schools across the country had many students and parents up in arms letters being sent home to parents noting.
Whether their child is overweight some call them fat letters.
Schools in nineteen states starting to conduct annual weigh in -- for students and it -- the body mass index or BMI.
-- -- -- Is the founder and president of the national action against obesity she's gonna debate doctor Jeffrey guard near a clinical psychologist great to have both of you guys your talk about president in nineteen states across the country this September.
Sending these letters home students as we say public -- letters let me turn dispersal of the idea that there's that their kids are being weighed.
And then be sent home with these letters is this the school's business.
It's data don't get mad at the data had been added how -- feeding America's kids.
You know we can hide from information in -- in schools have a state.
And how kids are eating eat better you perform better -- -- -- behave better in school and actually it's about keeping children safe.
And studies show the parents often times fail to see.
The degree of their child's weight problem -- sending this information home is actually helpful parent is is an eye opener has nannies and for parents -- they may not know that there are kids are actually are classified as obese.
Well they may not know that their BMI may be too much for their kids but they do know that their kids are having some issues with weight.
And they are working on those issues out with the in their families perhaps not doing a really great job that it because it is something.
That brings about a lot of conflict either eating too much or not eating enough.
And so I do believe that the schools -- well -- with this and the but I think when you have conflicts around weight issues -- too much weight too little weight anorexia obesity.
These are things that need to be handled by a family physician and.
And with the families I would like to see the school -- Really work with getting kids to see their pediatricians.
And then -- advising the kids in a private.
Manner doesn't appear brings up a great point which is the bomb threat of eating disorders -- many adolescent kids wrestle with eating disorders.
Couldn't -- as being -- it at school having kids know whether or not you're getting a letter I mean doesn't this.
Is in this cause for concern -- adolescent girls -- outs and don't forget -- being overweight -- obese is actually eating disorder as well it's the eating disorders it's affecting most Americans.
Of diabetes cancer all of these health -- come with over eating.
And trying to address this earlier in a person's life is actually vital.
So again this is information and just like not saying it out loud doesn't think the problem go away they're sharing information it's just a preliminary screening.
And I think it we're trying to let you know if if people were feeding their children helpfully.
This -- be a nonissue.
So I think that that -- isn't for fat letter that asked is the score parents are getting for failing our children and making sure that they're maintaining healthy weights and getting up that letter home does that mean parents gonna change their ways.
I I think -- some ways up parents may certainly be more oppositional to that sort of thing because as you feel.
Is it true your business to get involved in I again I think the schools perhaps should look at -- Look let's put exercise programs out there let's have education.
As far as what healthy eating is or not having enough food in your system.
Hot cars and I didn't even his television instead of these letters -- a really some are you a stigma.
For the kid -- that letter coming home why did isn't -- children should be concerned if they're overweight it's a shame that we put them in that position.
When children look at adults and mostly see in this country overweight and unhealthy adults.
So we're creating a statement by creating an environment where we adults are not setting a good example and children are fearful of growing up like most American itself.
And again this is information in the school since -- grades for school work.
Based Intel reports if you -- on have a -- -- -- screening.
They sent home and hearing and eyesight screenings this is just more information parents don't wanna be told the truth and that's with a -- But the problem is when you're sending that information on you not sending the counseling that goes with it affiliate I don't know that how do we know -- -- have anyone from the school -- who sitting down with these parents and saying.
Look your child may have some sort of been eating disorder maybe something's going on as far as the dynamics in the letters and that's what.
Anything to speak with their -- pediatrician or family doctor may do -- just sixty midway through you know I -- read the letter in a vacuum I think his doctor's orders by the letter to vacuum classifying your child doesn't really help.
Chances are you've looked at your child you.
Probably know that there are but you don't -- the study show again and again we've got these blinders on what we used to think was normal we now on a week and we we we think.
Chubby is normal we think obese is -- like we've lost our minds with being able to see what we the reality of what obesity looks like.
Children shouldn't have fat bellies a normal child looks pretty darn -- remember the seventies or my older than both of you just eight people must begin and we cannot -- -- -- yeah.
Arenas has an initial screening it's just -- red -- trivia.
Yeah that chance well.
I impressions have changed but I think the bottom line here is we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bath -- only real estate that I don't know.
I'm not suggesting that the date is the date it is good we should have that.
But I think what we need to look at is a different approach as far as -- getting to these families -- more than anything he just gonna shut them down because there are the dynamics that are causing the over eating or the.
Under even -- is there a site where she.
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