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NYC To Require Back-to-School Student Weigh-Ins

Back-to-school for New York school children will require stepping on the scale. A law going into effect this month will require NYC schools to report student weight and body mass indexes. The anonymous data will be kept by the state's Department of Health, unless parents opt out. In 2004, 21 percent of NYC third-graders were obese.

Recently Michael Phelps, Barack Obama, and John McCain have all come under fire from antiobesity groups. National Action Against Obesity thinks that Obama and McCain have failed to make childhood obesity, a major health problem facing the nation, a high-profile part of their platforms. In addition, they argue that the food and beverage industries influence the candidates' positions.

As for Michael Phelps, the Children's International Obesity Foundation thinks his deals with Kellogg's and McDonald's will do more to increase the problem. To see why,

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One activist explained that the "endorsement will undoubtedly influence more children to nag their parents for products that endanger their health so that they can go home, consume these products, and gain weight instead of becoming gold medalists."

Some students may fear the embarrassment of a back-to-school weigh-in, but I'm sure activists like Richard Simmons are proud of NYC's dedication to fight childhood obesity. Do people like Michael Phelps have a responsibility to help kids slim down?

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UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Thanks Caterpillar. I knew someone would know what I was talking about.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
And I'd be MORTIFIED if I had to do a weigh-in at school. It's the parents that should be teaching the exercise/healthy eating habits. Taking your children to McDonalds every morning for breakfast (which I myself have a hard time NOT doing ;) ) is setting them up for a long list of problems later in life.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I don't think it's Phelps responsibility to promote healthier eating either. The man has to eat like a zillion calories a day just to maintain his weight. And for what it's worth, he did donate $1 million to childhood swimming programs, which in itself will promote a healthier lifestyle.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
Agreed with Dave (destruction of the family) and lil (parenting) completely.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
They also said they would use the data anonymously, so basically they aren't doing this to help individual kids, they are doing it to gather a data set and do a study. So if a school implements a new change in the cafeteria or gym class they can check the data again the next year to see what kind of impact it had overall. They are looking for overall trends and they will most likely just do the measurements and jot them down.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
UGh the caliper test, nothing says "terrifying" than being in 7th grade, in front of EVERYONE and they pinch your arm fat. Frakkin presidential physical fitness test.
chocolatine chocolatine 7 years
UnDave35, that's the caliper test.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
What is the test then where someone uses a device that has two pinchers, that they squeeze the skin in three places, and it gives a percentage of body fat?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I don't think Phelps has a moral responsibility to promote healthier eating. I feel sorry for the kids whose parents think that McDonald's equals dinner but that's the parent's issue, not Michael Phelps.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
Here is the actual calculation at wikihow (sorry, couldn't find it anywhere else) http://www.wikihow.com/Calculate-Your-Body-Mass-Index-(BMI)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
BMI just takes into account your height and weight and then lets you see if you fall into the normal range (which takes into account gender). I think it would be much more accurate to implement a system that takes into account body fat percentage, as well.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
UnDave, here is the bmi calculator at the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_BMI/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.htm I am still looking for the actual calculation behind the scenes....I used to know it! :oops:
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
UnDave, here is the bmi calculator at the CDC website:http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_BMI/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.htmI am still looking for the actual calculation behind the scenes....I used to know it! :oops:
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
LOL, UnDave, I knew what you meant! ;-) And that is too bad that everything comes down to a number that way for your brother - numbers can be very misleading, since muscle weighs more than fat. Which kinda leads me to a question about this database that all of these numbers are going into - I wonder exactly how the state will use this information?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
LOL, UnDave, I knew what you meant! ;-) And that is too bad that everything comes down to a number that way for your brother - numbers can be very misleading, since muscle weighs more than fat. Which kinda leads me to a question about this database that all of these numbers are going into - I wonder exactly how the state will use this information?
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
What is the BMI? I thought it was Body Mass Index. I also thought the BMI gave a percentage of fat. I could be wrong, as I think it's happened once or twice before.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Dave, I think you are thinking of something other than BMI. BMI isn't a percentage. Although, BMI is notoriously inaccurate for athletes, so maybe that's what you're referring to.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Thanks for ignoring my typos :)In a related story, my brother-in-law got activated, and is stationed at Ft. McCoy. He's in danger of failing the fitness requiremtent because he is "overweight" according to the military's standards. The problem is this guy is a fitness fanatic, and has a BMI of less than 10% (Yes, he's that muscular). He spent the labor day holiday running and complaigning about this. I told him the best thing he could do is sit down, and have a cheeseburger. He didn't find that funny.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Thanks for ignoring my typos :) In a related story, my brother-in-law got activated, and is stationed at Ft. McCoy. He's in danger of failing the fitness requiremtent because he is "overweight" according to the military's standards. The problem is this guy is a fitness fanatic, and has a BMI of less than 10% (Yes, he's that muscular). He spent the labor day holiday running and complaigning about this. I told him the best thing he could do is sit down, and have a cheeseburger. He didn't find that funny.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
<i>I don't see the point. They should be looing at body mass index, which is a better test of obesity. </i>Agreed, UnDave, and the article says that they are collecting both weight and BMI. :-)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I don't see the point. They should be looing at body mass index, which is a better test of obesity. Agreed, UnDave, and the article says that they are collecting both weight and BMI. :-)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
tdennis, I was thinking this exact thing when I was reading this! Sure it is ultimately the parent's responsibility to ensure that their child is getting healthy meals at home and isn't sitting on their butts playing video games all night long. But, what crap are they serving our kids in the school cafeteria? And what about physical education classes? They are being cut all over the place! One of the elementary schools where my sister lives and teaches (in Tennessee) cut their recesses from 3 per day to 2 and cut their physical education class from 3 times per week to once a week and rumor has it they are looking to eliminate it entirely next year! Crazy!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I know that my state has a program to help fight obesity, and its aimed at parental responsibility, if a Pediatrician (that works for the state) sees a child who is overwieght they educate the parents on proper nutrition, give them info on where to take nutrition classes (that are free) and moniter that child.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I know that my state has a program to help fight obesity, and its aimed at parental responsibility, if a Pediatrician (that works for the state) sees a child who is overwieght they educate the parents on proper nutrition, give them info on where to take nutrition classes (that are free) and moniter that child.
tcd4ever tcd4ever 7 years
Could we start by not serving fast food in the cafeteria? And may sodas too. Can we serve a variety of healthy choioces? The government should not try to fix this problem this way. They should offer nurtitional classes for every grade level and maybe implement a better choice plan.
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