Well, according to this article, England's government has now created a new national policy measuring program that essentially will send height and weight measurements home as part of a school report card.
Here is a few interesting notes:
Just in case you don't know, for adults:
I am not sure how this will completely help parents when England doesn't give them all the information.
And then one other note:
What can we learn from this. How many of you go to the doctor and he/she tells you what your child's height and weight is. Do they calculate the BMI score? Do they tell you what it means? Here is a pediatric sheet (scroll to the bottom of the page) you can take to your child's annual visit to discuss key points like BMI score so that you as parents are getting all the key health points discussed. Early detection is the key and prevention is the solution. So information is everything!
I was at an obesity conference a few months ago and it's a "hot" topic. Should we tell parents that their child is obese, some health organizations say "YES". Other health and governing bodies say "NO". Too harsh.
Does it really matter? Here is where government and organizations can get bogged down over something so trivial. The child is at risk for serious life long health issues. Who cares what you label it, the meaning is the same. So shouldn't we just be honest and just give them all the information they need! It's not about the label, it is about helping that child and family move towards a healthier lifestyle.
And it has to start today. Don't focus on what your child has been eating... Let's focus on making one change this week. I have fun agreements that you can print up to use a discussion guide for changing food habits. As always, keep it simple, one goal at a time and be patient. Changing habits takes time.