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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. 3, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Umm, no.

She appears to be a perfectly average sized 6 year old.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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This is why I don't believe there is an obesity epidemic. The standards are out of whack.

by Member on May. 3, 2012 at 12:54 AM

She looks no where even being close to "overweight" Schools and Health Department WIC uses the same scale here for BMI charting. So when DD goes to Kindergarten this yr I will be getting lectures from the school lol. DD is 3'11" and 48lbs she will be 6 this October . She has been 48lbs for 2 yrs so I think she is good the only thing that changes is her height because of how active she is.

BTW when I was getting WIC for DD they classed her as being obese because she was 3 and 38 lbs. I was like nope this isn't worth all this. Because they were pulling CPS card , specialists card, even the diet card. I said you are crazy she isn't obese at all. Crazy people !!

by on May. 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

She looks very healthy to me! It is not the schools place to do that! That's what well checks are for! I'd be having some words with them...

by on May. 3, 2012 at 1:34 AM

to whole BMI thing is so stupid! if i were one pound heavier ( which i guess i am cuz your weight fluctuates thought out the day) im consider over weight on that damn thing! and i am far from it!!! she look great to me.. like a normal little girl  

by on May. 3, 2012 at 1:41 AM

She's by far not overweight and I'd talk to your daughters pediatrician and have her talk to the school.  I would also file a complaint with the school.  It's one thing to have an issue with a students weight, but you inform the parents not the child because then the school is taking the responsibility if that child develops any eating disorders and you should remind them of that.  I would talk to the principle too, make this issue known, that would make me upset too.

I have three girls and my eldest is smaller then my youngest daughter.  I have talked to the pediatrician and she assures me they're all healthy, as for my other children I have stated that genetically we're all built differently.  For awhile my second who is drastically taller then her older sister felt self-conscious and for awhile my eldest felt insecure seeing her peers towering over her and her younger sisters both developing at a faster rate.  I don't make a big deal of it even when others point it out, but I would be livid if a school did what was done to your daughter, to me that is damaging to a girls self esteem.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 1:45 AM
That is ridiculously!!! She in no way looks even a pound over weight! I don't think any school should be telling kids crap about BMI. BMI doesn't take all things into account. Body Fat % if done correctly is best. But anyways the schools should teach healthy eating and exercise is great. But leave the rest to the Dr.'s!!!
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by on May. 3, 2012 at 1:48 AM
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I couldn't agree more. First off they have zero business weighing her without your knowledge and consent and how dare they tell her she's over weight. I would be up there ASAP with their little paper stating she's over weight and finding out exactly whose ass you need to stuff it up.

She is not over weight and even if she were it is not their place to tell her that. That would be for her parents and doctor to do.

Quoting kitty8199:

I would be at the school raising hell for tellling my child that. She looks fine. If your dr doesn't have a problem wither weight they need to stfu.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I agree with you. I mean yes obviously there are people who are over weight and even obese but like you I think the standards and the way they determine are messed up. I mean according to the BMI scale I'm obese. Now while yes even I will admit I could lose a bit of weight, even my doctor says just by looking at me my weight isn't as much as issue as you'd think. I have a lot of muscle tone. The main area I have to work on is my stomach and upper arms. But for the most part I'm pretty solid.

My son (10 years old) is also technically considered over weight going by BMI. His doctor laughed at that. He said to not even worry about it because you could clearly look at my son and tell he is no where near over weight. He has a ton of muscle tone on him. His stomach is pretty much flat. The problem with BMI scales is they don't consider rather the 'weight' is fat or muscle. I remember reading before that if you just went by BMI scale that most athletes are considered over weight/obese. That righ there should tell people are messed up the scale system is.

Quoting parentalrights1:

This is why I don't believe there is an obesity epidemic. The standards are out of whack.

by on May. 3, 2012 at 2:19 AM

um, no, she seems perfectly fine to me.

My nephew had that crap done when he was in second (I think) grade. They told him he was overweight. He is just a solid muscular boy. You can count every single one of his ribs... not fat at all. BMI charts can be dangerous

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