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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 2:48 PM

I would definatley raise hell abou that. All of your children are gorgeous. I would have the same fear you do about her developing sone kind of eating disorder or something. Your not overreacting at all. They should teach healthy eating and excercise not flat out telling a kid they are overweight. Everyone is different. 

by on May. 4, 2012 at 3:21 PM

To be honest, she looks completely perfect. She looks very healthy and not over weight in the slightest, BMI charts shouldnt be used for children, and to tell a young child that she is overweight esp since she clearly is not, is just plain wrong. If I were you, I would be furious and would complain to the school.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 3:37 PM
Are you kidding me? She does not look over weight at all! She looks like a healthy little girl to me.
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

She's beautiful and perfect.--tell her so!!!!  I think numbers at that age are skewed because there aren't that many kids that are too overweight--they are just too active.  I don't have a problem with them collecting info for research and whatnot, but the school NEVER should have told her ANYTHING about the results. Especially when she is obviously not overweight.  Hope she doesn't worry about it.

by on May. 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Who tells a kid something like that?! Those BMI ratings are to be taken litely, never base personal health decisions on their data. I believe the scale on which they were made is outdated. Your kids are perfect. Tell the school your kid was told where she rates on that dumb thing and that is unacceptable. Kids don't understand everything that goes into being healthy. Insist they hand out pictures of the food pyramid and explain what it all means. So sorry- at least your dd told you what's on her mind and you can help her understand she's perfect :)
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

 I have no issues with schools taking notice of the growing obesity problem amongst our kids. What I do have a problem with is sharing that information with a small child that does not know exactly how to process it. They should have taken up any concerns with you at a Parent/Teacher conference or by phone. Ridiclous. All of your kiddos are beautiful, BTW!

by on May. 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM
That's rediculous she's perfect like she is.
by on May. 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM
i would say something to the school she is not overweight shes tall and looks skinny
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 4:29 PM
Beautiful kids they look fine to me
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by on May. 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

That's not fat to me! She's HEALTHY looking!

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