Your kid is too fat

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Your kid is too fat
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Tue, 02-26-2013 - 12:47pm

Woa-did anyone see this article about the letter kids took home saying they were too fat? Do you think it is a good idea or none of the school's business?

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 03-22-2007
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 1:02pm

I have mixed reactions regarding the letter. While I think it's good they are getting the information out there to parents, I don't like the manner in which it's being handled. At our school, a physical fitness report is sent home with report cards, so no child is singled out. It contains their stats for various exercises along with their BMI. It will also has some tips on nutrition and exercise. I don't like that they are just giving out letters to the over/under weight kids. I'm sure some feel they are overstepping their bounds, but some parents are totally clueless when it comes to their child's weight.

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 1:07pm

I'm in agreement with Melissa.  If they sent something out with each and every child, that would be different.  I don't think there is anything wrong with information for everyone being handed out, but can you imagine how it would make a child feel to receive a "fat letter" and how much teasing and ridicule would go along with it?  They certainly are not going about it in a good way...

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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 3:05pm

 This is more of the nanny government using discredited metrics.  BMI as it is today is useless.  Weight and fat are not the same.  An athlete may weigh more because of muscle mass.  This is another brain dead approach.

Goldfish

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 02-26-2013 - 6:17pm

I love your school's approach.  Information on fitness and health is important for all children, not just those who are overweight or underweight.  I've read that districts that just send out letters get few results. Parents often don't know what to do, or what it means.  Action items/goals are so much more helpful. Given the growing obesity problem in this country and that diseases like diabetes are increasing rapidly, every little bit helps.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 02-27-2013 - 8:11am
I think it is a GREAT idea, and both the child and parent need to be a team to tackle this problem of obesity and health. I am appalled at how many obese children there are. With record numbers of diabetes and heart disease, along with the health tax burden on this country, it IS, in part, the government's responsibility to get involved. If you are willing to benefit from any government subsidy (e.g., Medicare, Medicaid, etc.), then you need to be accountable and responsible for your behavior. It IS the parents' responsibility, but many parents are not stepping up to the plate and being responsible and accountable.
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Registered: 07-04-2011
Wed, 02-27-2013 - 12:06pm

Obviously I am the odd man out here but I feel it is none of the school's business. Children are sent to school to learn to read and write, the rest is up to parents to take care of. People rely on the schools far too much these days to do their job (parenting) and it is time to force parents to take back the responsibilities that come with having children.

We are becomming far to dependent on other people to solve our own personal issues!

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-27-2013
Wed, 02-27-2013 - 12:19pm

I don't know what article it is but if the school sent me a note talking about my kids' weight, I'd ask when they become part of the medical profession. Most parents are aware if their child is overweight. We don't need the schools in our business on one more thing. I understand that some parents need the nudge, but I'm more worried about my child and if they see a note in their folder saying they are overweight, that's a conversation for ME to have with him/her, where I can do it without them seeing it in print. Back off, educators, go back to educating and leave my child's health/weight/food issues to me as the parent. (And they don't even educate sufficiently half the time, they're so busy being stretched too thin on things that aren't their business.)

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 02-27-2013 - 2:01pm

I know this topic is relevant to healthy living but I love that this is a support board and not a debate board. Being as opinionated as I can be, I think it would be worst for the board if it were full of heated topics. I need to bow out of them.






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