If you are a parent, you may soon receive a letter from the school your child attends informing you they believe your child is overweight. CBS News in Los Angeles is reporting yesterday that schools in that county are sending parents so-called “fat letters” claiming their children weight too much.
The CBS article reports, “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.”
The story reports that the students called the correspondences, “fat letters.”
Out of 900 students evaluated, Schmitt said 200 were considered “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,” Schmitt said.
The CBS article reported that efforts like this are being conducted in 19 states, where government schools are sending such “fat letters” to parents of children they deem to be overweight or obese. The story said, “The dietitian said the goal is to empower and educate parents with the tools to make healthier lifestyle choices for children.”
Children are human and naturally will gravitate toward eating foods that taste better and are more enjoyable to eat, just as adults do, even if they aren't considered to be as “healthy” as other choices. While the nanny state and some adults, who may not be experts, are quick to preach what is the healthier choices to eat, definitions of such are constantly under debate by adults and even the experts many look to for answers on such issues.
In the meantime, the Michelle Obama school lunch plan is becoming less popular as students rejects the meals and school districts find they are losing money serving them. Food that is considered to be more healthy is rarely more popular, with children or their parents.