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Schools Sending 'Obese Kid' Letters to Parents

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Is your preschooler overweight? Well, if you don't know the answer to this question, your child's school might just answer it for you—and send your kid home with a letter stating so.

And if you do know this ... it might just make you angry, like some parents who have received the letter in over 20 states.

“Every year there are a few phone calls from parents who are upset,” says dietitian Lauren Schmitt. But she believes that this is important work, claiming that out of over 900 children recently screened, 200 would be defined as obese according to their respective BMIs.

“We look at growth charts and percentiles. And when a child is at 95 percent of their … we can look at weight for age or weight for height … that child would be considered obese,” dietitian Lauren Schmitt says.

What do you think? Should schools be taking this measure?

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