After testing students' body mass index (BMI), schools in 19 states have begun sending home "fat letters" to parents. Advocates of the reports say that the letters will help raise awareness of childhood obesity, while detractors say the method could trigger bad habits.
"I would like to see BMI testing in schools banned," Claire Mysko with the National Eating Disorders Association told Minnesota news source KSTC 45. "For those who are already insecure about their weight, these tests can potentially trigger an eating disorder."
According to ABC News, as many as 60 percent of all kids between the ages of 6 and 12 are self-conscious about their weight.However, Dr. Lanre Omojokun Falusi, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, called the BMI readings "the best means we have to determine whether a child's weight is healthy or unhealthy."