Many Ohio schools say weight law not up to scale
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:24:03 GMT —
An Ohio law requiring schools to measure a child's height and weight is causing controversy, but isn't seeing much participation by districts statewide. School officials do agree that combating childhood obesity is a very worthy cause, however they believe the law's approach is questionable.
The law approved last June requires schools to take measurements to calculate students' body mass index. The results are then collected by the state Health Department and mailed to parents, so they can see where there kids stack up. Opponents of the law argue that body mass index does not take into account individual body types, or other health risk.
The Sandusky Register reports that 687 out of about 1,800 Ohio school districts have opted out of measuring their students. That number includes charter schools and some private schools. Opponents of the law argue that body mass index does not take into account individual body types, or other health risk. State education officials say similar health screenings, such as hearing and vision tests, have been done for many years with the results kept private. But many school officials say screenings are just another unfunded mandate better left to family physicians.
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