A school system in Flagstaff, Ariz. will be sending letters to parents whose elementary school students are overweight or underweight.
“FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Flagstaff school district will be sending letters to a parents whose elementary school children are overweight or headed in that direction.
Pediatrician Nina Souders told the Flagstaff Unified School District board last week that being overweight is a serious problem.
The district’s elementary school students will be weighed and measured this fall with help from Flagstaff Medical Center’s Fit Kids staff and North Country HealthCare.
The school district’s top nurse estimates about 50 percent of the district’s elementary school students will be classified as overweight or bordering on overweight.
Letters will go to the parents of students who are underweight, overweight, or marginally overweight.”
“The Associated Press reported that the district expects that about 50 percent of elementary-school students will be classified as overweight or getting there….
“These are serious, serious problems going on inside of these children now, and we have to do drastic things to make them better,” pediatrician Nina Souders told the Flagstaff Unified School District board last week, according to the AP.
FUSD is working with Flagstaff Medical Center’s Fit Kids staff and North Country HealthCare on the program. Parents will be offered recommendations on nutrition and exercise, and urged to consider a visit to a physician, district Superintendent Barbara Hickman told the AP.”
While I am sure this is good-intentioned and there are undoubtedly plenty of heavy children in schools, I am somehow bothered by this!
I guess I feel like that I am aware of what my children weigh. (I can probably tell your what percentile they fall in on the growth charts.) I am on top of their situations and discuss it with their pediatrician, not their teacher.
For example my Rosie is small for her age and there are hereditary and medical reasons why that is. Her pediatrician knows. I know and I am on top of what I am feeding her. I would be angry if I got a note from a school letting me know my child was small. (No S#(* Sherlock. I’m on top of it.)
“…If schools feel so compelled to join in the fight against obesity, I think they would better serve their students by doing what they are supposed to do: Set a good example and educate.”
“Make room in the curriculum for education about nutrition and exercise. Get rid of all the junk food at school that has contributed to the problem. And stop treating physical education and recess as unimportant time-wasters that do little more than distract from the important business of academic testing.”
“And one more thing: If overweight Arizona students are going to be singled out I think their overweight teachers should be, too. After all, kids learn by example and an overweight teacher is setting a bad one.”
So what do you think: Would you want a note home letting you know if your child was overweight, underweight or almost overweight? Is that a school’s business? Is it to help families that aren’t seeing a pediatrician regularly? Would a note really change a family’s way? Would you be offended? Is your offense worth maybe helping another child? Would a note make child paranoid about their weight? What do you think of the Babble’s mom suggestion for how a school could possible help fight obesity?
- by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania blog