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state of Massachusetts sent letter to family saying that their 94lb 10 yr old son was fat based on his bmi. kid recently won his wrestling tourney and is in no way fat. BMI is stupid to use alone as an indicator.
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
Technically Shaq is obese also. BMI is stupid.
Agreed. I'm 6'3 205 pounds ... workout five days a week and play college baseball buuuut I would be considered overweight according to the BMI chart. Ingenious I tell you
What part of this story mentions anything about liberals?
The dumb ass OP?
It's the large GOP contingent in Massachusetts that thinks children's BMI indexes are the government's business.
That's not very tolerant of you.
Who said I cared to be tolerant?
The original post is dumb as hell.
You know that any story can be turned into a political fault of one party or the other. Or the winners of the inaugural D/A post of the week was just announced and someone wanted to become the front runner for week 2
Everytimeyou see something absurd in the news where the government overreaches you really can just about always trace it back to liberals. Lol. Others will disagree, but its true. Things like kids being suspended for wearing Anerican flag shirts etc. it's all liberals every time. They are a special bunch.
How is making sure kids are healthy not the governments business?
BMI is a truly horrid way to measure fat and this kid isn't obese but I don't see how it is bad the government is looking out for a age group who can't fend for themselves.
Feeding kids horrible diets while letting them play video games all day is near child neglect/abuse IMO.
Kids can't think long term or make decisions for themselves so giving them that kind of lifestyle has tons of long term consequences. Including health defects, stunted growth, horrible stretch marks if they ever get fit etc.
I was athletic and ate healthy as a kid, but only because my parents actually parented.
I know a bunch of people my age who look like this because of hormone filled foods and being fat as kids.
Its Massachusetts... its full of retarded liberals... like the ones who think it's cool to kill Americans sitting at the dinner table with Drones.
lol look at them titties.
The article specifically mentions liberals near the end of the article.
Government doesn't exist to take over the role of parenting.
No it doesn't.
"Tracy & Matt Watson of North Andover were sent a “fat letter” from the State of Massachusetts warning them that their son, 94-pound 10-year-old Cameron Watson, was considered obese. The fit looking 4th grader recently won a Massachusetts state wrestling championship for his weight class by pinning his opponent in under 30 seconds. But according to the Department of Public Health (DPH) standards which mandates schools collect height and weight information to calculate body mass index (BMI) as an indicator of body fat, the star athlete is unhealthy.
DPH defends its practice of using BMI as a health indicator and found that 32.3 percent of Massachusetts children fall into the overweight or obese category. DPH representative Anne Roach said, 'Helping children maintain a healthy weight may prevent serious illness later in life…BMI screenings are intended to raise parents' awareness about this issue.' However some parents object to the agency’s practice and legislators have drafted a bill that will be voted on this spring preventing DPH from collecting the student data and issuing these letters. Cameron’s father, Matt Watson said, 'I think there are problems with some children and childhood obesity but I think that's something you handle with your family and your physician…I don't think it should be the state telling the schools to test the children.'"
That's the entire article.
Apparently, part of the problem is that some of the population believes that is what the government is there to do.
They should sue the state for calling kid fat. The emotional and psychological damage may never be reversed
That's how you know we are screwed, when some people naturally assume that the government is supposed to do everything. Liberals are so smart that we are supposed to let them raise our children, our only function is to give the government's children a place to sleep. But we are to stay out of the way of what the government is trying to teach them.
Made you look.
Conservative circlejerk time again!
Like when the government tries to tell certain groups that they're not allowed to get married, right?
Sounds like bullying to me.
I know, I love it, it's the only time I get off these days, lol.
BTW whoever keeps down-voting me...you are weak. Debate me like a man!
Or when the government tells women that they don't have control over their own bodies?
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