Thursday, September 27, 2007

Baseless Measurement Index

I had to pay Rock Star five bucks to pose for these pics, so I hope you enjoy them...


Did you note what a fat lard ball he is?

No?

That's funny because I got a letter from Rock Star's high school advising me to make an appointment with his doctor because he is overweight, as indicated by his body mass index (BMI) of 25.1.

Hmm, it is great to know that the school is concerned about childhood obesity and all that. But BMI is not a great measure of healthy vs. unhealthy weight and is
basically meaningless among athletes. (And check out the power calf muscles on Rock Star, thanks to all those hours in the pool.) Perhaps instead of senselessly directing parents to make doctor's appointments, the school might try something that could actually improve kids' health like more gym class.

Adolescents and young adults, both male and female, benefit from physical activity... Nearly half of American youths aged 12-21 years are not vigorously active on a regular basis... Only 19 percent of all high school students are physically active for 20 minutes or more, five days a week, in physical education classes. What communities can do: Provide quality, preferably daily, K-12 physical education classes and hire physical education specialists to teach them. [CDC]

Just a thought. Not that I'm an expert about this sort of thing, mind you. I mean, I didn't even know my kid was overweight.


Related note: I went to parents' night at the high school and none of the teachers had anything bad to say about Rock Star! In fact they all said good things. Really good things. Perhaps they had me confused with some other parent. Ha!

1 comment:

~Vital~ said...

Are they out of their tree? By those pictures, he is not over weight. Sometimes I think they go too far.