Public-school students will have BMI charted in Massachusetts

04/9/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Massachusetts' Public Health Council has approved a plan to calculate the body mass index of students to determine whether they are overweight. Starting this fall, students in first, fourth, seventh and 10th grades will be measured and weighed unless their parents opt out of the program. Parents will get a report on the findings for their child, along with recommendations on dealing with weight problems and a suggestion to see a pediatrician, if needed.

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