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BMI graphing for 1st graders?????????

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I have 3 kids. They were all born w/in 27 months. My oldest DD (9 y/o) has a growth deficiency and is seeing a Endocrinologist to determine if steroid shots are necessary. Now my 7y/o DD is much bigger then her older sister. Shes only in 1st grade and is growing at a very healthy rate. My son was 2 months premature and now weighs exactly the same as his big sister (he's in KG). It goes w/o saying that my oldest DD makes her younger siblings look bigger because she's MUCH smaller. So last night I'm going through their back packs & I discovered the school had done a BMI chart on the students. My 1st grader is now classified over 85% & considered OVER WEIGHT. They TOLD HER THIS. She is a solid little girl & is certainly not over weight. There are no rolls or pudge's, and she fits in the average size clothes for her age. Shes the same size a few other girls in her class. There are "over weight" kids and it wouldn't hurt for health purposes to control their diets but not my little girl. She has now come to me with concerns and asked me if she was fat. I wanted to cry. She sees whats going on w/her sister and now has been told by the school that she's over weight. I'm horrified she's going to develop some eating or emotional issues now. WTF????? I've added 3 different photos so you can tell me yourself if I'm over reacting on a defensive note or if I'm right to be upset & worried about whats gonna happen to her because of this.

She's the one I'm holding.


Her at the beach

Shes the one in the middle

by on May. 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

 All of your kids look healthy and height/weight proportional. Your 1st grade daughter likely has more muscle than other kids her size and therefore weighs more. That is a good thing! The school has no business passing a judgment of "overweight" on any child. If they gather health information, they should share it with the parents and/or doctor, not the children. I hate it when people who have no medical training try to practice medicine.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:47 AM

When I found out that our elementary school was doing this, I emailed the PE teachers & told them that I ABSOLUTELY REFUSED to allow my child's BMI to be taken & reported to the government. My child's weight is fine, but this information should be between me & my pediatrician, NOT the government!!!!  They did not measure my child.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:49 AM
That's crazy! I would contact that school SO fast! There are other ways to talk about being healthy to students! Makes me mad!!
by on May. 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM

people need to contact their respective legislators to have this practice stopped. Your vote at the polls this fall for a new administration will also help!!!

by on May. 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Just tell her she's PERFECT!

by on May. 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

She's normal.  I'd be on the verg of Law suit for mental image damage against the school.  It's unhealthy for a child to be ultra skinny.

I teach my children to be friends with overly fat children and not judge by body image.  I teach, "you never know what that kid's situation is and it may be their medication that is saving their life that makes them fat".  I also stress that that kid really needs a friend.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM
She looks healthy to me. My daughter is a solid 52lbs in kinder and her brother is the bean pole. He is 11 and eats like a horse (seriously) but he only weights 58 lbs and is about 4'5" he has been told he is underweight. His dr has zero concerns and I just tell him
Everyone grows different
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Um no!

She is not over weight.

My son was put as under weight when he was in 1st.

My pediatrician wrote them a letter stating that he was in fact not under weight and the health dept. nutritionist that they sent me to said he was not and that his meal contents were very nutritional and keep up the good work.

Those people are crazy and apparently not trained very well, as both a pediatrician and nutritionist said they were wrong.

His best friend was also told he was over weight and they only had a 4 lb. difference in their weight.

I'm sure your pediatrician will probably tell her she is perfect.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM
What is wrong with your daughter's school?! She is perfect!! They better leave that to kind of teaching to professional doctors because they have no idea what they are talking about.
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I don't think schools should be saying anything about anybodies weight. Thats your pediatricians job.

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