Last week the AAP recommended that all schools should measure BMI (body mass index) and send so called “fat letters” home to the parents of overweight and obese children. Since there is little evidence that this is effective in improving health – and because the process may exacerbate weight stigma and bullying in schools, I strenuously object to the strategy.
My reactions to the AAP recommendation are featured in my first Huffington Post Parent blog at BMI Report Cards: More Harm Than Good? Check it out – and read what schools can do instead, like signing up for Fuel Up to Play 60. Students of all weights, shapes and sizes can benefit from more delicious nutrition and fun activity.