posted on Jul, 18 2010 @ 11:08 AM
After reading the posts, I am going to play devils advocate here.
I believe this is a wrong action by the state and the school. I believe that ultimately the raising of a child is the responsiblity of the parents,
not the state, and that this opens a dangerous door, that can be used as an excuse to do more than what many would be comfortable with. Weight and
weight issues are something that most teachers and parents should be aware of, however, to turn around and actually do bmi reports, only gives the
government more information than it needs. How does a childs bmi relate to education, to the ability for a child to read, write, do math, and think?
I believe that this is going to go very badly, due to the goverment interference and that there will be a raise in the number of children, and
especially girls, in developing unhealthly eating habits, leading to the government getting more and more involved in our private lives.
Consider, they do a bmi report on a child, who may be slightly overweight, and then moniter that child. Then the report states to the parents that it
is suggested that the child loose weight, and when that does not happen, care to make a guess what the next step would be. Contact social services,
on the grounds the parents are risking the childs health, as the childs bmi has not changed to the standards that they set. Is the government now to
set the standard of what is and is not normal in the human race now? That sounds like the start of eugenics, and something the nazi's did before the
start of world war II.
Children have alot on their plate and especially the girls. Most girls are selfconscious about the way they look, and especially when they get older
and into their teenage years. When you combine that with what you see in the advertisments, in the movies, tv and the internet, the ideas of beauty
starts to get warped. This is the time when the cycle of eating disorders starts. Even in the article, the girl who they interviewed, admitted that
some of her school mates have self confidence issues.
So the question must be boiled down, are you wanting the government to open a door, which will lead to the interference in your privacy and your home
life? At what point does it stop being oh we are here for your own good, and becomes a matter of persecution on the part of the government to where a
person, family or company becomes the object of that action? This has happened over and over again in the country, each time with diseasterous
consequences, starting with prohibition of alcohole. In my lifetime I have seen where people and organizations have been demonized and outright
slandered by the media and those in the government, from the military, to gay people, to those people who own pit bulls, to smokers, to those who are
religious. It never ends, and right now the current bad person are those who are over weight.
As much as a person who is overweight does risk their health, you can not mandate the freedom of choice, to take away that most basic and simple of
all liberty is what dictators do. When the goverment starts to regulate what you can and can not eat, it is a matter of time before other choices are
taken away from you. A persons medical needs are something that needs to remain private, that should be sanctamount and when it is violated, then it
is only a matter of time when other aspects of privacy is lost.