Thursday, March 8, 2007

The Weight Police Coming To A School Near You!

The CT Legislature is considering an outrageous piece of legislation which says the following:


Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2007) Each local and regional board of education shall provide for an assessment of the body mass index of each child enrolled in the sixth grade in schools under the board's jurisdiction. The school shall notify the parent or guardian of each such child of the results of such assessment and whether such results qualify the child as being underweight, at a healthy weight, at risk of becoming overweight or overweight based on percentiles for the age and the gender of the child published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For purposes of this section, a child is (1) underweight if the child's body mass index is in a range that is less than the fifth percentile, (2) at a healthy weight if the child's body mass index is at or above the fifth percentile, but less than the eighty-fifth percentile, (3) at risk of becoming overweight if the child's body mass index is in the range that is greater than the eighty-fifth percentile, but less than the ninety-fifth percentile, or (4) overweight if the child's body mass index is in the range that is greater than the ninety-fifth percentile.
OK, so if you child is underweight or overweight they will notify the parents or guardians....then what? What happens next? Do they give you a time period to "fix the issue"? Will they report you to DCF for being neglectful of your child's health? Will they remove your child from your home?

This is starting to sound like Nazi Germany:
In Nazi Germany, every individual had 'a duty to be healthy'; furthermore, to ensure that individuals fulfilled this duty, the government insisted on 'the primacy of the public good over individual liberties' (The Nazi War on Cancer, by Robert N Proctor, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1999, p176.)
The war on smoking is a prime example as cited by this article written a few years ago in the UK. You can believe that what you see happening in the UK regarding health care, child rearing, and a host of other things are being imported to the US as we speak. Look around at the plethora of bills in your own legislatures designed to trample your liberties in the name of better health, prevention and protection. I am really wary of legislation that is designed "to help us" or "protect us". You should be too.

Trampling individual liberties helps no one but the government.


Stephen Mendelsohn said...


The same government which claims to want to prevent obesity is forcing toxic drugs like Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel which cause massive weight gain and diabetes through outpatient commitment laws. These drugs can be given to children as young as three years old. Big government, heal thyself!

mrs dani said...

Before long, you will hear complaints that sixth grade is not early enough. "The real problems begin as early as preschool," is how they will bill this to us. Eventually, they will do manditory health screenings for kindergarten.
It is my belief (and I could be way off)that what will happen is the powers that be will decide that the parents are not feeding their kids correctly and the government must step in; for the sake of the children. They will first make it voluntary that the kids must come to school for breakfeast, lunch & DINNNER. (After all, they do not have our kids long enough in a day.) Many parents who have gotten lazy will love this. Now they will not have to worry about meals interfering with their lives. Before you know it, it will be mandatory.

P Henry said...

Once the planners start and they don't get the results they need or promised, the answer will be more planning and more planning will require forced compliance.

We live to serve the state.

Dana said...

The funny thing is, we do have health screenings for school. Is the legislature so unhappy with the pediatrician that they have to have a state-appointed health supervisor?

Kids are gaining weight. I wonder if maybe they reinstituted recess, shortened the school day and lessened the homework load (particularly on elementary kids) if perhaps kids would have time to go out and run around awhile?

Or just assault the Girl Scout cookies and reading for pizza programs. I'm sure that will have a positive benefit.