Report on fat report cards

Arkansas’ obesity report cards — letters sent to parents of overweight children — were controversial when the program started two years ago, reports the Boston Globe.

Plenty of parents weren’t happy. But a lot of them did something about it.

Suddenly there were more visits to the pediatrician for talks about weight problems. Fitness class attendance is up. Diet pill use by high-schoolers is down.

But the percentage of overweight students — 38 percent — hasn’t changed.

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  1. Wayne Martin says:

    Obesity seems to be a global problem these days .. the FDA has asked restaurants to help by reducing portion sizes:

    FDA: Restaurants on front lines in obesity fight

    Friday, June 2, 2006 Posted: 1936 GMT (0336 HKT)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Those heaping portions at restaurants — and doggie bags for the leftovers — may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way.

    The government is trying to enlist the help of the nation’s eateries in fighting obesity. One of the first things on their list: cutting portion sizes.

  2. Tom West says:

    Given current trends, I suspect that keeping the percentage level can be weighed as a victory of sorts.

  3. Walter E. Wallis says:

    this is clear evidence that government has too much time on its hands. I propose a 25% reduction in the money we let them take from us.

  4. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘But the percentage of overweight students — 38 percent — hasn’t changed. ‘

    Go figure! But taxpayers still get to pay for the production of the letters, their storage, data analysis.

  5. Hey – if the number of kids taking speed has dropped, it’s worth some money.