Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Weight

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Do schools measure children's body mass index (BMI)?

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Some school districts have started to measure all children's BMIs. The school then sends home a report card to alert parents to any weight issues. It's to let parents know about a health problem with serious consequences

From: What Parents Should Know About BMI WebMD Medical Reference

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Lawrence Cheskin, MD, associate professor, Johns Hopkins Medical School; director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, Baltimore.

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, director, division of nutrition, physical activity, and obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Atlanta.

Karen Donato, SM, coordinator, overweight and obesity research applications, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Dan Kirschenbaum, PhD, vice president, clinical services, Wellspring -- a Division of CRC Health; director, Center for Behavioral Medicine & Sport Psychology, Chicago; professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

Ann O. Scheimann, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore.

CDC: "About BMI for Children and Teens."

CRC Health Group: My Overweight Child: "Knowing When to Intervene in the Life an Overweight Child."

Barlow, S. , 2007. Pediatrics

Healthy Children.org: "Is Your Child Overweight?"

Freedman, D. , September, 2009. Pediatrics

"Expert Committee Recommendations of the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight & Obesity," 2007.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Lawrence Cheskin, MD, associate professor, Johns Hopkins Medical School; director, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, Baltimore.

William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, director, division of nutrition, physical activity, and obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, Atlanta.

Karen Donato, SM, coordinator, overweight and obesity research applications, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Dan Kirschenbaum, PhD, vice president, clinical services, Wellspring -- a Division of CRC Health; director, Center for Behavioral Medicine & Sport Psychology, Chicago; professor, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

Ann O. Scheimann, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore.

CDC: "About BMI for Children and Teens."

CRC Health Group: My Overweight Child: "Knowing When to Intervene in the Life an Overweight Child."

Barlow, S. , 2007. Pediatrics

Healthy Children.org: "Is Your Child Overweight?"

Freedman, D. , September, 2009. Pediatrics

"Expert Committee Recommendations of the Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Overweight & Obesity," 2007.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 13, 2018

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