Many Ohio Schools Say Weight Law Not Up to Scale

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An Ohio law requiring schools to measure a child's height and weight is causing controversy, but isn't seeing much participation by districts statewide.

School officials do agree that combating childhood obesity is a very worthy cause, however they believe the law's approach is questionable.

The law approved last June requires schools to take measurements to calculate students' body mass index. The results are then collected by the state Health Department and mailed to parents, so they can see where there kids stack up.

Opponents of the law argue that body mass index does not take into account individual body types, or other health risk.

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