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Democrat Wants The Government To Track How Much Your Children Weigh? What do you think?

thanks to Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind.

Kind has introduced a bill that would commandeer your health insurer to report to the federal government the body mass index (BMI) - i.e., height and weight - of your children every year from age 2 to 18

States receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:35 PM on May. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (62)
  • Don't like it.

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 1:37 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • what are the motivations behind this bill?

    Answer by Imane1215 at 1:37 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • I think this is ridiculous! The government is in our business to much as it is! They should probably worry about more important things like how to get our economy back on its feet, then to be worrying about how much everyone weighs!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • And they're going to do what with that totally useless number that has no bearing on actual health?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:38 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Besides the methodological problems with BMI as a measurement of obesity (such as the fact that muscular, athletic males are almost always classed as obese). The bill requires federal taxpayers to lay out yet more money to create yet another intrusive apparatus for tracking and storing information that, for example, your 16 year old daughter might regard as rather personal:

    To pay for implementing BMI data gathering, Sec. 102 of the bill states that the federal government will give grants to states that meet certain criteria, including having “the capacity to store basic demographic information (including date of birth, gender and geographic area of residence), height, weight, and immunization data for each resident of the state.”

    The grants also will pay for personnel and equipment necessary to measure patients’ BMI.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • It is not the governments job to teach our kids good eating habits or to keep their weight down to a reasonable level. Its the parents job. Its pretty basic-eat healthy, normal portions and it that complex?


    Answer by ABusyBee at 1:40 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Of course it is hideous. Anyone who thinks this administration isn't totally out to control every aspect of our lives has their heads stuck somewhere so deep they cant pull it out.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:41 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • What happens if you don't take your child to the doctor every year? My 8 y/o has not been to the doctor in at least 2 years... I think it is stupid, next they will be knocking on your door wanting to inspect your refrigerator and go grocery shopping with you...

    Answer by matthewscandi at 1:44 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • This bears repeating again: 

    "If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls who live under tyranny" - Thomas Jefferson


    Answer by mancosmomma at 1:44 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • The Federal government has no right to that information.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 1:45 PM on May. 14, 2010

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