A school fat letter is drawing fire from the mother of a student who brought one home. According to a report by the Epoch Times Oct. 8, Kristen Girsso was furious that her 11-year-old daughter -- who is the star of her school's volleyball team -- was described by the Florida school as fat in the letter.
Grasso said her daughter, Lily, is "tall and athletic."
“Lily is tall, she’s athletic, she’s solid muscle,” Grasso said. “By no means is she overweight.”
Grasso insists that she urges her kids to remain active and she makes sure that they eat healthy.
Why was a school fat letter sent to parents in this manner? The report said the school measured the students' Body Mass Index (BMI), a mandatory state law.
“This whole thing is stupid. It can hurt people. It can break their courage. First, I was hurt. Then, I was angry. Then, I just was concerned,” Grasso said.
BMI screenings have been implemented in about 24 schools around the nation, but experts, such as Dr. Michael Flaherty, believes they can also be bad thing.
“Much of the criticism has centered not only around the letters themselves, but the concept that [BMI] is so erroneous that the childhood obesity epidemic has been overstated,” Dr. Flaherty said.
He doesn't think the school fat letters will influence bullying or eating disorders, however.
How do you feel about the BMI screenings that school are taking part in?