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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/fat-letters-massachusetts_n_2775004.html

They're being called "fat letters"-- notes mailed home from schools in North Andover, Mass., to alert parents that their child qualifies as obese.

"Honestly, I laughed," Tracy Watson, the mother of a fourth-grader who was the subject of one such letter, told the North Andover Patch.

Watson's son Cam is an active member on wrestling and football teams. But a screening by the school revealed that Cam's body mass index -- an indicator of body fat in relation to height and weight -- put him in the category of obese. The letter subsequently advised the Watsons to talk to their pediatrician.

“I know I’m not obese so I didn’t really care about the letter. I just crumpled it up,” Cam Watson, who is 4 feet 7 inches and weighs 97 pounds, told NBC Boston affiliate WHDH.com.

I will never understand the thought process that goes into administrator decisions.

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BMI is a joke.

As far as administrators decisions goes... well, not much to say about that.

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By BMI, 4'-7" 97 pounds is not obese or even overweight.

Either somebody made a mistake or somebody's lying.

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BMI...LOL Let me get MsSkyy in here to rant about BMI

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BMI always makes me think about Alejandro and his pussified PM'ing of people with his BMI to try and prove he wasn't a worthless fat peiceofshit.

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That being said. If your bmi is 36 when you're in elementary school, it's not because you're a bodybuilder.

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BMI always makes me think about Alejandro and his pussified PM'ing of people with his BMI to try and prove he wasn't a worthless fat peiceofshit.

and then posting a picture of his car title to prove to Internet strangers that he drives something nice... what a mega douche

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I have no problem with it. Obviously you need to send the letters to the right people, but some parents really need a reality check about their kids.

Reminds me of this- http://www.ajc.com/n...-critics/nQPtQ/

Relevant point from the article:

50 percent of people surveyed did not recognize childhood obesity as a problem and 75 percent of parents of overweight or obese kids did not see their kids as having a weight issue

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I was gonna say a capitol G and Q were the ones that seemed a bit large, but guess that is for another day

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assuming it is being properly administered I don't see a problem with it, but like most things, the devil is in the details.

I wonder what these schools serve for breakfast/lunch, though.

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I thought this was about college acceptance letters...

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So the administrator is wanting Cam to play CB instead of DT? :)

Even if he is a tad bit obese....I blame it on society. I mean you can go to McDonalds and get a McDouble and 4 apple slices and "yay now it's healthy to eat at McDonalds!" And parents actually believe that poo.

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