F is for fat

Texas report cards would grade students on their weight under a bill introduced this week by state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.

When the measurement (body mass index), which calculates body fat based on height and weight, indicates a student is overweight, the school would provide parents with information about links between increased body fat and health problems, Van de Putte said.

More than a third of school-age children in Texas are overweight or obese, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Arkansas public schools weigh and measure students and tell parents if their children are overweight, however the information is mailed home, not listed on the report card. Some 38 percent of Arkansas students were classified as overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

Like Kimberly Swygert, I think schools should concentrate on teaching academic skills and knowledge before trying to take charge of every aspect of children’s well-being.

Education Week reports on a private boarding school for obese teen-agers: It costs $44,000 for a school year or $5,500 a month.

The vending-machine industry is placing color-coded “snackwise” stickers on products indicating what’s relatively healthy (green), not so healthy (yellow) and not healthy at all (red). Snackers are advised to choose red items “rarely.”

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Comments

  1. I agree. Teachers don’t ave enough time to get the main message across, and in many districts, there just aren’t enough school nurses (or other trained medical folks) to accurately assess students’ health. This is just plain silly.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Politicians should be elected by their votes multiplied by their I.Q.

  3. Richard Nieporent says:

    More than a third of school-age children in Texas are overweight or obese, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.

    Why would the Department of Agriculture be concerned with the weight of children? Is there something they are not telling us about McDonald’s hamburgers?

    From the picture in the article, I would say that Senator Leticia Van de Putte has had more than her share of French fries. Maybe she should try setting an example for the children or better yet keep out of other people’s lives.

  4. The vending-machine industry is placing color-coded “snackwise” stickers on products indicating what’s relatively healthy (green), not so healthy (yellow) and not healthy at all (red).

    I can imagine a bunch of students a few years from now who salivate at the site of anything red.

  5. Er, that should have been “sight”. Jezus.

  6. I can still remember the trauma of having my “body fat” measured in high school PE class. The “teacher” (read “coach”) used a plastic set of calipers on the bare skin of your back (right under where the bra strap sits on girls) and I swear, she got some kind of sadistic pleasure out of squeezing as hard as she could to get an “accurate” reading. She did this in front of the entire class and announced each student’s “progress” – usually with snide comments for the “overweight” kids. Apparently I was one, at 135# and 5’5″.

    Suzanne in Utah

  7. Incidentally, Sen. Leticia Van de Putte weighs in about 200 lbs…Nice example senator…

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