Schools sending kids home with ‘fat letters’ classifying them as obese

Schools sending kids home with ‘fat letters’ classifying them as obese

Detention notices aren’t the only scary letters that schools are sending home with kids anymore.

According to Medical Daily, schools in 19 states have started to conduct annual weigh-ins of students that test for their body mass index, the primary measurement used to determine if someone is overweight or obese, and then sending students home with reports – or “fat letters” – of the results.

“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,” Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietitian in California who measures the weight of hundreds of preschoolers in the San Fernando Valley, told CBS Los Angeles.

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