Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Weight -

It seems that many states in the US have now added as part of the report card for a child their "body mass index."   The children don't understand what the numbers mean, but they are affected by this no matter what.   It seems that in other countries than the US that weight is less of an issue, though obesity is becoming more of a problem around the world as fast-food restaurants spread their chains.

I don't know what to think of this.  Our eyes and ears were checked when I was in school but there is something about sending the body mass index home as part of a report card for even our youngest children that seems a bit cruel, and contributes to taking away from the nourishing part of eating.   We all need to eat, and, perhaps, as joyously as possible, and it is to notice in these times of incredibly easy access to food, and less physical activity,  what we ingest.

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