BMI Measurements Do Not Solve Childhood Obesity
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Here is a blog post from Nanny State Liberation Front about the different tests for body mass index (BMI) that can embarrass overweight children. Some of these tests are becoming required in physical education classes and can put children in a very uncomfortable position in front of their classmates. Many children already struggle with self-esteem and fitting in with their peers and do not need a test to “prove” why they should be insecure.
Itâs not enough for a fat kid with a bulging belly and triple chins to be standing right in front of an anti-obesity crusader to reach the obvious conclusion. Common sense has clearly gone out the window and, these days, itâs about driving the point home to parents with âirrefutableâ scientific data by subjecting their pudgy children to humiliating measuring techniques.
Most prominent of the obesity measuring tools are the Body Mass Indicator (BMI) calipers that pinch folds of fat on various parts of kidsâ bodies. Anyone whoâs been in gym class over the past two decades has probably come in contact with the BMI pinchers while standing in front of their classmates. And, if you were a heavy kid, chances are you didnât feel comfortable wondering if others were looking on and laughing while the gym teacher pulled cellulite away from your extremities.
Commenting on the subject of BMI caliper tests in middle school, âbethmillerâ wrote on the âShapely Proseâ blog, âWhen I was in middle school they made us take the âfat testâ in front of the whole class, it was one of the most embarrassing moments in my life. When I first learned that this was a legitimate âtestâ I was mortified by it and then tortured with it for three years.â