This is appalling:
Chubby elementary school children in Flagstaff, Ariz., have more than just bullies to worry about. If they’re too fat, their school will notify their parents.
Starting in the fall, students in the Flagstaff district will be weighed and measured at school. Students who are found to be overweight, marginally overweight, or underweight will have a letter sent home to their parents, which will include graphs showing a range of appropriate weights for a given age and height.
Critics of the Flagstaff school district’s war on fat kids cite the threat to children’s self-esteem as their primary concern with the new policy. I’m no champion of self-esteem -- I find the “everyone’s a winner” mantra to be destructive and deluding – but I think most can agree that some degree of sensitivity is in order when it comes to talking to children (especially girls in that delicate eight through thirteen year-old period) about their weight. I myself was a chubby kid. I wore braces, dressed in dorky clothes, and was terribly self-conscious about my weight. It did me no good whatsoever when an extended family member remarked that I was getting big enough to eat hay.
But the school district’s new policy is more than a war on fat kids; it’s a war on the parents of fat kids. Do school administrators actually imagine that parents of overweight children haven't actually looked at their children? Or perhaps the note home is meant more or less as a slap on the wrist of Jimmy's mom who packs him Doritos and chocolate milk for lunch? Maybe these school officials are under the impression that parents are just too stupid to know what a healthy weight looks like? Whatever the case, the policy is insulting and outrageous.