The Home Front

At Odds with School ‘Health Programs’

The first lady is taking credit for a drop in kids’ obesity rates, though she takes a lot of criticism for her efforts. But she isn’t the only one whose attempts to fight obesity in the young are controversial. A case in point is this story about ”fat letters” sent out to parents in Naples, Fla. Their children were determined to have high BMI scores from screenings administered by the school. 

“To give a kid a letter telling them the rest of their life they may be overweight or be obese because of a measurement you took one day, it’s just not fair,” said Kristen Grasso [a mom who received one of the letters].

Eating disorder experts, such as Claire Mysko, worry the screenings do more harm than good. “I would like to see BMI testing in schools banned,” Mysko said. “For those who are already insecure about their weight, these tests can potentially trigger an eating disorder.”

A panel of girls . . . said they dread the screenings. 

“I hate them,” replied student Zuzu Park-Stettner.

“It really doesn’t do much for people except for make them more insecure about themselves,” said student Carmen Kunkel.

Apparently such programs have been adopted in 19 states, even though the use of the BMI index to determine obesity has been questioned (especially in athletes and muscular children). Might be time to have a talk about with my kids about the health programs at their schools, and how they feel about them.

 

 

 

 

Most Popular

Law & the Courts

Rosenstein Defends the Mueller Probe

Well, did you think Rod Rosenstein was going to say, “You got me. The Mueller probe was inappropriate and politicized?” No, you didn’t. And the deputy attorney general did not disappoint. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Rosenstein defended the investigation as “appropriate ... Read More
Culture

The Witches of Bushwick

In Brooklyn, there is an occult bookshop called Catland Books. “Catland” is, one imagines, an apt description of the homes of the women who congregate there. The operators of the establishment have announced that they are planning to hold a special hex session this weekend to make Supreme Court justice ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Blackface Party

I must have missed something: Was there some kind of all-hands white-people meeting at which we voted to kick the Democrats out? Elizabeth Warren, Rachel Dolezal, Beto O’Rourke — what’s up with all the ethnic play-acting? Isn’t cultural appropriation supposed to be a bad thing among progressives? Isn’t ... Read More
Film & TV

A Right-Wing Halloween

‘The world is not a dark and evil place,” insists an exasperated woman played by Judy Greer in Halloween. “It’s full of love and understanding!” I put the question to the class: Is she right? In the new film (not a reboot but a sequel that occurs 40 years after the events in the 1978 original and ... Read More