A school sent a fat letter to a young girl's parents after a mandatory health screening determined that her BMI was too high. On Oct. 7, Yahoo! Shine reported that a Florida mom is pretty upset after she read the letter from the school which basically told her that her 11-year-old was overweight. The girl's mom was surprised to read the letter because she didn't think that health screenings were going to consist of BMI screenings.
"Lily is tall, she's athletic, she's solid muscle. By no means is she overweight," said Lily's mom, Kristen Grasso.
The school fat letter upset Grasso because she thought it would really hurt kids who weren't "fat" but more athletically built -- like her daughter. She feels as though kids are going to have major self-esteem issues if schools come down on kids for being overweight -- even if they aren't.
Naturally this is a very controversial issue with some people thinking that school's should stay on top of obesity by offering kids healthy food options. Other people think that parents should be solely responsible for keeping their kids active. There are also middle of the road people who think that a little bit of both sides is ultimately what is best for kids. However, making students feel bad by sending home letters concerning their weight is pushing it.
Should schools send fat letters home to parents?
© Effie Orfanides 2013