Kids in the Buckeye school district of Arizona may now have yet another reason to tease some of their classmates. Students who are considered obese by a body mass index test administered during gym class are receiving letters to take home to their parents notifying them of the results.
“If I were a parent and got that letter, I’d just be angry,” says Dr. Whelan.
“Being sensitive to kids’ quite appropriate fear of being mocked by their vicious little schoolmates and being concerned about the well-being of all students is not mutually exclusive,” says Dr. Ross. “If you think such parental advisories will do kids any good — especially if the parents are somehow unaware of their child’s weight issue — then send a letter home or call them up.”