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Many states and school districts require schools to weigh students to measure BMI in an attempt to improve health. However, these programs have no evidence of improving student health, and many students are harmed by the practice. Sending home a “health” report card based on BMI is harmful and dangerous for children.
The good news is that parents can opt out of this practice. We’ve made it easier to support your child in not being weighed at school. You can put our cards in their backpack and remind them that they do not need to step on a scale at school.
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School weight programs are a perfect example of people meaning well but doing harm. School weight programs have not been shown to have any benefit to the children who are weighed. They have not been shown to reduce weight individually or among populations. And even if they did, intentional weight loss is not associated with improved health, and may even lead to reduced health long-term.
A randomized controlled trial (the scientific gold-standard) published in 2016 found that school-based weight interventions that included weighing children, nutrition counseling, and access to an after-school exercise program were not effective in reducing BMI or improving health behaviors. Journal of School Health
Here are five reasons we opt out of school weigh-ins:
- There is no evidence that BMI is an effective indicator of health
- There is no evidence that school weigh-ins improve student health
- School weigh-ins are uncomfortable for students and cause mental and social distress
- Perpetuates weight stigma
- Perpetuates diet culture
More and more schools are weighing kids, but you usually have the option to opt-out of school weight programs. It’s an option worth considering regardless of your child’s individual weight status. School weigh-ins are upsetting and stressful for most kids. Parents should be asking hard questions about the practice of weighing kids at school. For…
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Ginny Jones is on a mission to change the conversation about eating disorders and empower people to recover. She’s the founder of More-Love.org, an online resource supporting parents who have kids with eating disorders, and a Parent Coach who helps parents supercharge their kid’s eating disorder recovery.
Ginny has been researching and writing about eating disorders since 2016. She incorporates the principles of neurobiology and attachment parenting with a non-diet, Health At Every Size® approach to health and recovery.
Ginny’s most recent project is Recovery, a newsletter for deeply feeling people in recovery from diet culture, negative body image, and eating disorders.
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