Florida mom Kristen Grasso was shocked when she received a letter from her daughter’s school in Naples, Florida, classifying her 11-year-old daughter, Lily, as overweight.
According to local FOX News channel WFTX, the Collier County Health Department came to the girl’s school to conduct a health screening. While Kristen could have opted out, she never even thought to do so, as the testing was simply described as a growth and development screening.
The letter sent home indicated that Lily has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 22, which classifies her as overweight and “at risk.” As the FOX 4 Now article points out, however, the CDC’s BMI calculator indicates that Lily has a BMI of 20.8, which is a healthy weight.
During the interview with WFTX, a photo was shown of Lily playing volleyball, and she certainly appeared to be at a healthy weight.
"Lily is tall, athletic, solid muscle -- by no means is she overweight," Kristen told WFTX.
And, as her mother points out, these kinds of reports could cause major damage to tween girls’ already fragile senses of self-esteem.
Kristen, who has three other children, showed WFTX the content of her refrigerator, which contained plenty of healthy food items. As she noted, she has always been cognizant of her kids’ nutrition.
We can see where this type of screening is part of the effort to thwart childhood obesity, but we can also relate to this mom’s point of view that the damage to a girl’s self-esteem could be extremely detrimental.
Where do you fall on this contentious debate? Would you want your child screened?