School nurses in six states are now sending out "obesity report cards," giving parents the results of mandatory Body Mass Index screenings of their children.
With the number of overweight kids quadrupling over the last 40 years, advocates aim to detect health issues early. But not all parents are thrilled with the information.
Some consider the calculations an attack on children's self-image. "You're going to put another label on a kid," Wendy Cramer of the Renfrew Center, a treatment facility for eating disorders, told the Inquirer. "I definitely worry about what's going to happen when this gets to high school." In Pennsylvania, that will be this fall.