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Fat letters...here we go again!

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Is it the school's place to monitor your child's weight and to let you know if they're reaching the 'unhealthy zone'? Is this any different that the yearly vision and hearing testing? Is the outrage over this overblown?

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/09/04/schools-sending-fat-letters-to-parents-about-overweight-children/

Schools Sending ‘Fat Letters’ To Parents About Overweight Children


STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Many schools are sending noteshome to parents, telling them their children are overweight.

Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietitian, starts the school year by checking out the weight of hundreds of preschoolers in the San Fernando Valley.

“We look at growth charts and percentiles. And when a child is at 95 percent of their…we can look at weight for age or weight for height…that child would be considered obese,” she said.

By October, CBS2’s Suraya Fadel reported that parents will get what is called “healthy or unhealthy” letters. Kids call them “fat letters.”

Schmitt said out of the 900 2 to 5-year-old children she looks at, roughly 200 are listed as obese.

“We let the parents know in a gentle fashion, but we also send out a ton of handouts to try to help that family,” she said.

Experts said 19 states around the country are cracking down on childhood obesity with similar letters.

“Every year there are a few phone calls from parents who are upset,” said Schmitt.

Many districts in Southern California, such as Riverside County, choose to follow state guidelines and instead send test results of the child’s body mass index to their parents.

“It shouldn’t be a stigma. It’s not a way to categorize someone. It’s just showing that this child has increased risk to be obese as an adult, which then could lead to quite a few chronic diseases,” said Schmitt.

The dietitian said the goal is to empower and educate parents with the tools to make healthier lifestyle choices for children.

 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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Caera
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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I am not interested in schools using my tax dollars and my kids' time with them on this. Their job is to teach my kids reading/writing, math, social studies, science, etc. I will handle their health issues.

I let the school know at the beginning of the year that my kids will not be taking part in any of their screenings. They can use that time to read and work on a book report.

susannah2000
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM



Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting susannah2000:

It's not the school's job to monitor children's weight or tell parents how to parent.

 Okay---then who will tell them? Obviously there are some clueless parents out there because there are way too may kids who have bellies and jiggling fat all over their bodies. They eat too much crappy food while sitting in front of the TV or X-Box.And Mommy cooks too much food.

There are alot of clueless, neglecting parents out there, and yes the children are the ones who lose. It still isn't the school's job to tell them how to parent. Pediatricians will tell parents that kids are overweight, but there is nothing that says parents have to listen. Also, do you think that parents who let their kids live on junk food , and get a letter, will suddenly see the light, and rush off to the store for veggies? Not likely. So what would be the point? It's not enough to just say "your kid is fat." The junk food junkies have to know how to shop for and prepare healthier food. This can buck generations of poor eating habits.  Schools need to stick to teaching, not monitoring the kids' weight.


lga1965
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

 

Quoting susannah2000:

 

 

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting susannah2000:

It's not the school's job to monitor children's weight or tell parents how to parent.

 Okay---then who will tell them? Obviously there are some clueless parents out there because there are way too may kids who have bellies and jiggling fat all over their bodies. They eat too much crappy food while sitting in front of the TV or X-Box.And Mommy cooks too much food.

There are alot of clueless, neglecting parents out there, and yes the children are the ones who lose. It still isn't the school's job to tell them how to parent. Pediatricians will tell parents that kids are overweight, but there is nothing that says parents have to listen. Also, do you think that parents who let their kids live on junk food , and get a letter, will suddenly see the light, and rush off to the store for veggies? Not likely. So what would be the point? It's not enough to just say "your kid is fat." The junk food junkies have to know how to shop for and prepare healthier food. This can buck generations of poor eating habits.  Schools need to stick to teaching, not monitoring the kids' weight.

 

 Oh, so I see. Schools and Pediatricians try to help parents but parents won't listen? Oh. Great. I think you are wrong.

susannah2000
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM



Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting susannah2000:



Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting susannah2000:

It's not the school's job to monitor children's weight or tell parents how to parent.

 Okay---then who will tell them? Obviously there are some clueless parents out there because there are way too may kids who have bellies and jiggling fat all over their bodies. They eat too much crappy food while sitting in front of the TV or X-Box.And Mommy cooks too much food.

There are alot of clueless, neglecting parents out there, and yes the children are the ones who lose. It still isn't the school's job to tell them how to parent. Pediatricians will tell parents that kids are overweight, but there is nothing that says parents have to listen. Also, do you think that parents who let their kids live on junk food , and get a letter, will suddenly see the light, and rush off to the store for veggies? Not likely. So what would be the point? It's not enough to just say "your kid is fat." The junk food junkies have to know how to shop for and prepare healthier food. This can buck generations of poor eating habits.  Schools need to stick to teaching, not monitoring the kids' weight.


 Oh, so I see. Schools and Pediatricians try to help parents but parents won't listen? Oh. Great. I think you are wrong.

Your post made no sense. If parents DID listen, there would be no overweight children.


lga1965
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

 

Quoting Caera:

I am not interested in schools using my tax dollars and my kids' time with them on this. Their job is to teach my kids reading/writing, math, social studies, science, etc. I will handle their health issues.

I let the school know at the beginning of the year that my kids will not be taking part in any of their screenings. They can use that time to read and work on a book report.

 Ahhhh, another defensive parent who won't listen to anyone,huh? Rebellious and resistant to change and rejecting knowlege?? Grrrrreat. Seems they hit a nerve. Chubby kids? ;)

tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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Way to go with attacking kids.


Pure class.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting Caera:

I am not interested in schools using my tax dollars and my kids' time with them on this. Their job is to teach my kids reading/writing, math, social studies, science, etc. I will handle their health issues.

I let the school know at the beginning of the year that my kids will not be taking part in any of their screenings. They can use that time to read and work on a book report.

 Ahhhh, another defensive parent who won't listen to anyone,huh? Rebellious and resistant to change and rejecting knowlege?? Grrrrreat. Seems they hit a nerve. Chubby kids? ;)


Caera
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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No. My foster kids are usually underfed and malnourished when I get them. But thanks for asking.

I listen to doctors. Not phys. ed. teachers, school nurses, and guidance counselors.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting Caera:

I am not interested in schools using my tax dollars and my kids' time with them on this. Their job is to teach my kids reading/writing, math, social studies, science, etc. I will handle their health issues.

I let the school know at the beginning of the year that my kids will not be taking part in any of their screenings. They can use that time to read and work on a book report.

 Ahhhh, another defensive parent who won't listen to anyone,huh? Rebellious and resistant to change and rejecting knowlege?? Grrrrreat. Seems they hit a nerve. Chubby kids? ;)


lga1965
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

 

Quoting susannah2000:

 

 

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting susannah2000:

 

 

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting susannah2000:

It's not the school's job to monitor children's weight or tell parents how to parent.

 Okay---then who will tell them? Obviously there are some clueless parents out there because there are way too may kids who have bellies and jiggling fat all over their bodies. They eat too much crappy food while sitting in front of the TV or X-Box.And Mommy cooks too much food.

There are alot of clueless, neglecting parents out there, and yes the children are the ones who lose. It still isn't the school's job to tell them how to parent. Pediatricians will tell parents that kids are overweight, but there is nothing that says parents have to listen. Also, do you think that parents who let their kids live on junk food , and get a letter, will suddenly see the light, and rush off to the store for veggies? Not likely. So what would be the point? It's not enough to just say "your kid is fat." The junk food junkies have to know how to shop for and prepare healthier food. This can buck generations of poor eating habits.  Schools need to stick to teaching, not monitoring the kids' weight.

 

 Oh, so I see. Schools and Pediatricians try to help parents but parents won't listen? Oh. Great. I think you are wrong.

Your post made no sense. If parents DID listen, there would be no overweight children.

 

 No, YOU make no sense. If they get a "fat letter" and change their way of feeding their family, THEN their kids will lose weight. They are smart and they listen. THAT is the goal at that school. To get parents to learn, become aware and listen to them. The ones who don't listen are SOL.And their kids are still overweight and not listening to the Drs and the school nurse. If they can get a few to listen, that is a step in the right direction, If they all listen, they won't have to send "fat letters".

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

 Oh sure, yah, of course.  Are you needing new glasses? Or someone to read these replies to you?

Nowhere did I "attack kids". You loon.

I am on the side of the kids and I am disgusted with their parents who overfeed them and then gripe about schools who try to help their overweight kids. Get it?( Probably not...)

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Way to go with attacking kids.

 

Pure class.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting Caera:

I am not interested in schools using my tax dollars and my kids' time with them on this. Their job is to teach my kids reading/writing, math, social studies, science, etc. I will handle their health issues.

I let the school know at the beginning of the year that my kids will not be taking part in any of their screenings. They can use that time to read and work on a book report.

 Ahhhh, another defensive parent who won't listen to anyone,huh? Rebellious and resistant to change and rejecting knowlege?? Grrrrreat. Seems they hit a nerve. Chubby kids? ;)

 

 

tanyainmizzou
by Platinum Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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Nope.   You are just an ugly and bitter woman asking if someone's kids are fat because she thinks the letters aren't needed.

I actually have no problem with the letters.   But I don't need to attack people or their kids because of it.


Pure class.   Maybe someday you can buy some.

Quoting lga1965:

 Oh sure, yah, of course.  Are you needing new glasses? Or someone to read these replies to you?

Nowhere did I "attack kids". You loon.

I am on the side of the kids and I am disgusted with their parents who overfeed them and then gripe about schools who try to help their overweight kids. Get it?( Probably not...)

Quoting tanyainmizzou:

Way to go with attacking kids.


Pure class.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting Caera:

I am not interested in schools using my tax dollars and my kids' time with them on this. Their job is to teach my kids reading/writing, math, social studies, science, etc. I will handle their health issues.

I let the school know at the beginning of the year that my kids will not be taking part in any of their screenings. They can use that time to read and work on a book report.

 Ahhhh, another defensive parent who won't listen to anyone,huh? Rebellious and resistant to change and rejecting knowlege?? Grrrrreat. Seems they hit a nerve. Chubby kids? ;)


 


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