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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Schools in North Andover are trying help students dealing with obesity issues, but some families say the schools are going too far.

Cameron Watson, 10, isn't just a strong athlete; he's also a tough fourth grader who didn't let a

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but but but, what else are 'thin' people supposed to do with their lives now?

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but but but, what else are 'thin' people supposed to do with their lives now?

Eat more food. :rofl:

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If there are issues with the accuracy of the tests then they need to be addressed but parents should be informed if their child is overweight or underweight. Too often parents don't realise that they're doing anything wrong, especially if they lead unhealthy lifestyles themselves.

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Parents must be some kind of stupid if they don't notice their kids are getting fat.

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The problems are a) the BMI index is a rather poor measure of obesity because it poorly accounts for divergent body types, and b) this kind of letter getting public in the school could toss a lot of girls (and a few boys) into anorexia or bulemia, and they'll kill 'em faster than being overweight.

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I see nothing wrong with this. If your kid is a fat ass, your not doing you part as a parent and endangering the physical and mental welfare of the child. Someone should bring it to your attention.

This is only my option. I am sure most will not agree.

And before anyone wants to argue about the mental heath, obese kids usually end up depressed and don't have many friends.

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The problems are a) the BMI index is a rather poor measure of obesity because it poorly accounts for divergent body types, and b) this kind of letter getting public in the school could toss a lot of girls (and a few boys) into anorexia or bulemia, and they'll kill 'em faster than being overweight.

Good job defending your own health issues their like so many others guilty about their condition. As a healthcare workers, I say this is a good move

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Parents must be some kind of stupid if they don't notice their kids are getting fat.

You will be surprised the majority of the parents are indeed stupid.

I see nothing wrong with this. If your kid is a fat ass, your not doing you part as a parent and endangering the physical and mental welfare of the child. Someone should bring it to your attention.

This is only my option. I am sure most will not agree.

And before anyone wants to argue about the mental heath, obese kids usually end up depressed and don't have many friends.

The parents don't wanna hear that. What they want to hear is constant praise of their kids, and political correctness.

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I enjoyed it talking about a 10 yr olds muscle mass...

Lots of parents are just in denial. I am a teacher, and I see it everyday with weight, grades, drinking etc. Parents are more friend than authority figure and are afraid to hurt their kids feelings.

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I enjoyed it talking about a 10 yr olds muscle mass...

Do you even lift, bro? :laugh:

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Good job defending your own health issues their like so many others guilty about their condition. As a healthcare workers, I say this is a good move

Wow, you are an idiot. I have a BMI that puts me on the verge of overweight, yet I run 70 miles per week and have run a 2:48 marathon. I have a lot of muscle mass and higher bone density than most people. My body fat percentage is 8%, yet according to you I should be "guilty of my condition" due to a high BMI number....

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If there are issues with the accuracy of the tests then they need to be addressed but parents should be informed if their child is overweight or underweight. Too often parents don't realise that they're doing anything wrong, especially if they lead unhealthy lifestyles themselves.

I agree.

I think there is an entire group of people [parents] who have completely shut their eyes to the risks of excess weight, almost hoping the issue will resolve itself. I appreciate buying fresh foods and cooking home cooked meals is difficult. If you have 2 parents working and much of the income is going to rent/mortgage, car payments etc. not a lot of money is left over, but there has to be some way to encourage your kids to exercise more and eat less garbage.

Maybe subsidise vege and fruit growers? Oh sorry, that is socialism. Keep subsidising the corn and soy growers whose crop goes to making cheap-**** fast food. :rolleyes:

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Maybe subsidise vege and fruit growers? Oh sorry, that is socialism.

That would be my suggestion too. Food and drinks that are unhealthy should be taxed and that money should be used to subsidise healthy food, like fruit and veg. And you're right, it's ridiculous that the US subsidises corn when it is a major contributor to obesity, particularly through HFCS.

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Good job defending your own health issues their like so many others guilty about their condition. As a healthcare workers, I say this is a good move

He's actually 100% correct, the BMI scale doesn't take into account lean body mass, it gives purely by weight, height and gender, that's it.

There is a big different between being overweight and being unhealthy.

You being a healthcare worker, should know this, but then again, maybe you just empty the trash cans. /bazinga!

That said, a lot of people do make excuses, in this kids case, looking at him, he's not unhealthy and regardless I don't think it's the schools business

People that are fat or obese, they know it, it's not some big hidden secret, they need to find the motivation themselves.

EDIT: I should also point out, having a lean, fatless kid isn't a good thing, children require this to grow properly, obviously there is a line when it's too much

but again, that goes back to unhealthy amounts, and still none of the schools business.

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That would be my suggestion too. Food and drinks that are unhealthy should be taxed and that money should be used to subsidise healthy food, like fruit and veg. And you're right, it's ridiculous that the US subsidises corn when it is a major contributor to obesity, particularly through HFCS.

Umm, corn is a subsidized vege.

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The parents don't wanna hear that. What they want to hear is constant praise of their kids, and political correctness.

Nailed it.

Its the schools fault my kid isn't doing good in school..

Lets turn that into real world scenario,

Its the CEOs fault my child isn't doing well at his job..

And we wonder why our country is going to ****

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If there are issues with the accuracy of the tests then they need to be addressed but parents should be informed if their child is overweight or underweight. Too often parents don't realise that they're doing anything wrong, especially if they lead unhealthy lifestyles themselves.

Thinking the same thing, do the actually pinch fat / muscle ratio test to determine. Not just the height / weight.

Also... get Pop/Soda out of schools.

Parents do have share the responsibility too.

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Umm, corn is a subsidized vege.

No, corn is a grain. While it has many healthy uses, the US corn subsidies

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Good job defending your own health issues their like so many others guilty about their condition. As a healthcare workers, I say this is a good move.

/sigh

Also in health care, but retired.

For 20+ years the limitations of BMI have been known, especially for those who have very large muscle masses (me) and other outliers. If you aren't aware of those limitations you should be. If you're ignoring them just so you can continue with your unprofessional ad-homs, we have nothing else to say to each other.

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Well I guess technically HHH is fat as well then.

I'm 6 foot 1, I'm 18 stone, I work out, and don't have a gut, does that make me fat?

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14 lbs to the stone, right? 18x14 = 252 lbs.

6' 1" would be obese at ~220 lbs

See?

When I played football I was just a hair under 6' 2" and weighed in at a very lean 240 lbs - 6-pack & all. 56" chest, 28" thighs, 22" neck etc. and I still have most all of it & work out 2x a day. Every day. If I ever got as light as "some people" here think I should I'd get ill. I know because I've tried & done it. Never again.

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14 lbs to the stone, right? 18x14 = 252 lbs.

6' 1" would be obese at ~220 lbs

See?

When I played football I was just a hair under 6' 2" and weighed in at a very lean 240 lbs - 6-pack & all. 56" chest, 28" thighs, 22" neck etc. and I still have most all of it & work out 2x a day. Every day. If I ever got as light as "some people" here think I should I'd get ill. I know because I've tried & done it. Never again.

Sorry, was the first part referring to my height and weight?

Second part, although I'm not certified in medicine in any way, I wholeheartedly agree with, There's always been a nag in the back of my mind saying, 'wait, that can't be right'

(Hence the reason I trolled in this thread early on)

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Gawd I always hated BMI crap..... in college I had my health prof call me "over weight"..... and I was 6'2 and 160 lbs.... I could never figure out the logic... I am SKINNY....

but what I really don't get is, when I was in school, you barely saw a larger kid, maybe one or two in a few thousand kids... and we had pop/snacks/sugary foods...... in school! and there wasn't this huge health kick, it seemed like as soon as they health kick started, people started to get larger..... almost like the more you pushed the health crazy the larger the kids got.....

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Gawd I always hated BMI crap..... in college I had my health prof call me "over weight"..... and I was 6'2 and 160 lbs.... I could never figure out the logic... I am SKINNY....

but what I really don't get is, when I was in school, you barely saw a larger kid, maybe one or two in a few thousand kids... and we had pop/snacks/sugary foods...... in school! and there wasn't this huge health kick, it seemed like as soon as they health kick started, people started to get larger..... almost like the more you pushed the health crazy the larger the kids got.....

I've always thought a happier schooling would serve better than weight conscious schooling, though I do understand that there should be some sort of regulation also.

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