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Will your child's weight make the grade?

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Students in Kentucky could soon be coming home with more than homework. They could be bringing home their body mass index numbers.

"I think its a good idea," Ashlyn Huffman, a high school senior says.

Are most of your friends or classmates overweight? "Yes," Huffman adds.

But not everyone is on board when it comes to taking kids out of class to step on a scale.

Dr. Katrina Hood supports body mass index screenings in Kentucky schools because health problems in children are a growing problem, but says a simple BMI test won't be enough,"It's a great idea if we incorporate it in the school systems to do something about it. We can't just tell a kid or a family your child's body mass index is high without giving the tools to combat that."

The Board of Education approved this type of health screening in schools but exactly how the information will help educate parents and their children is still unclear.

The Department of Education spokeswoman, Lisa Gross says the information will be kept private, but will be used to track percentile trends.

The reviews from parents are mixed on whether or not this type of testing would take place in schools. Some say it's necessary, where others say it would be taking things too far.

Valerie Caldwell, a Lexington mother says, "It seems kind of intrusive. I think it's important to kind of maybe promote awareness but as far as testing them to keep track of kids standards...I don't know if I would be supportive of that."

"I think it would be fine to help their overall health," says Kaylyn Rice, a Lexington mother.

These screenings could start taking place in schools at the beginning of the next school year.


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