Health

Failing Weight: Massachusetts Students to Receive "Fat Report Card"

DiscoblogBy Rachel CernanskyApr 8, 2009 8:34 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

Forget the debate over numbered versus lettered grades: The latest news in report cards is a new issue, and it's personal. Children in Massachusetts will now be sent home with a "fat card," or a report card of their Body Mass Index. Students already have their heights and weights measured annually at school. Now, according to the Massachusetts Public Health Council's new rule, those measurements will be calculated into a BMI and sent home in a package to parents explaining what the numbers mean and how to fight obesity. Being weighed in front of the school can be a nightmare for kids; having their measurements sent home as a report card can't be any less traumatizing. But perhaps the consolation is at least it won't happen every year—only first, fourth, seventh and tenth graders will be subjected to body-mass report cards. Those who don't like it can always move to another state—other than Arkansas, that is, which has already adopted a similar practice.

Image: Flickr / Elrenia_Greenleaf

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.