How would you react if you received a letter from your child's school informing you that your child was obese?
With as many as 18% of kids between the ages of 6 and 11 falling into that category and a state policy requiring schools to measure kids and notify their parents, many families in North Andover, Mass., were recently on the receiving end of such a letter. One set of parents, Tracy and Matt Watson, were so outraged to have their athletic son labeled as obese that they convinced state Rep. Jim Lyons to propose an end to the letters. They say that their fourth-grader's bulk comes from muscle, not fat, and that the Department of Health's standard of measurement, body mass index (BMI), is flawed.
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