That rivers flow into the sea Is loss and waste, the foolish say, Nor know that back they find their way Unseen, to where they want to be.
- Arthur Clough, English Poet (1819-1861)
Many students already stress about the grades on their report cards, but now, some students are worrying about a whole new scholastic measurement: their body mass index (BMI).
Schools in 19 states have started to conduct annual weigh-ins for students that test for BMI, Medical Daily reported. Their measurements are then sent home to parents as reports, which note whether or not the child is considered overweight.
Kids have started calling the reports “fat letters.”
You’d think parents would see it with their own eyes, but obviously, millions of parents are looking the other way when it comes to their children being overweight. Perhaps it will help if an objective measurement is brought to some parent’s attention.
A lot of people worry that these letters might increase peer pressure against overweight kids, but everyone gets a letter, there’s no reason anyone has to give up their personal details in the letter and truthfully, not all peer pressure is bad.
98% of the time, my gut instinct is for the government to stay the hell out of things and acquiesce to self-determination, but in this case, I think the childhood obesity epidemic warrants a yearly weight report card.
What say you?