Blog: Obese US pupils “could do better”

Catherine Sleep | 19 August 2003

School reports have long been a source of great trepidation on the part of work shy students, but now some will have even greater reason to fear them.

Details about students’ weight and fitness are being included in some US school reports to help fight obesity. A pilot scheme indicates that the increased awareness among parents of overweight children who receive such reports validates the embarrassment felt by the children, as parents are more likely to take measures to help their kids lose weight.

This seems harsh, but the increase in obesity justifies such reports, so long as teachers are trained to handle the reports with sensitivity.

BBC report


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