Switching the radio on in the car, I heard of plans to include body mass index (BMI) measurements on school reports. Later, when I looked around on the internet a little, it transpires that an expert has suggested this particular strategy as one tool in the battle against childhood obesity. The radio story made it sound like a done deal. Should BMI assessment be part of the school feedback system? Please take a moment to vote on the sidebar poll.
Of course, childhood obesity is a concern but strategies like this really concern me. I was horrified recently when all the children in my daughter's class were weighed in front of each other. Comments were made by some children to those who were heavier. Is this helpful? I think not and I really worry about the negative impact this could have longer term.
Apparently the report card thing is already done is some U.S. states and in Singapore. Does this happen in your particular part of the world? Would love to hear some feedback about your experiences.
Update: Poll results. Is including the BMI on a report card a good idea? 18% (2 votes) thought so, 18% (2 votes) highlighted some concerns, 64% thought it was a bad idea.