Skip to comments.Mich. to require BMI reports on kids
Posted on 09/14/2011 11:13:26 AM PDT by Palter
Gov. Rick Snyder plans to direct doctors in Michigan to begin monitoring the body weight of their young patients and provide the data to a state registry in one of the most extensive government efforts to address the growing problem of pediatric obesity, the Associated Press has learned.
The move would help track the state's growing obesity problem while opening the way for doctors to be more proactive in offering advice, Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The Republican governor will announce the initiative Wednesday as part of his proposal for improving Michigan residents' health.
The body mass index statistics for patients under 18 would be reported to the Michigan Care Improvement Registry but the children's identity would remain anonymous. The state already requires doctors to report how many children are immunized.
Arkansas came under fire when it passed a law in 2003 requiring that schools send parents annual measurements of students' BMI, which takes a person's height and weight into account when estimating body fat. The law was modified in 2007 to require fewer years of testing and to give parents more ability to keep their children out of the program.
Michigan's new monitoring system could raise similar concerns.
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Some of the finest lineman in the NFL started as large children and their parents now would be put in jail.
BMI is useless.
My parents would’ve been in jail as well because I was the other end of the spectrum. Not born premature, but I didn’t eat a lot when I was young and was real skinny. The all-knowing government would’ve decided that my parents were unfit to have me because I was ‘undernourished’, and probably put me in a hellhole.
You know, two people who’ve never had premarital sex won’t have venereal disease.
So maybe they should keep track of the “unmarried sexually active”.
And, of course, higher chance of AIDS for some folks. Need to keep track of that too.
Well THANK YOU State of Arkansas for allowing private citizens to remain private! What other gifts will you bestow?
well, this will cut down on the number of White Castle lawsuits in the future.
How can he do this legally? Doctors don't work for the state.
Doctors ALREADY monitor LOTS of stuff for government....and they already monitor weight for EVERYONE....sheesh....this is ridiculous....plus BMI is NOT the best measure for many....altho, I do think it could smoke out the Welfare and Food Stamp crowd
Why doesn't the government look at the food they serve in the schools. What's the fat content of that? Going after the children like this is a form of bullying.
How about requiring BMI measurements on all of the politicians’ craniums?
If they can force you to buy medical insurance, they can force you to do anything in the name of “health care.”
Why is a Republican Governor engaged in a Big Brother enterprise like this? Are they ALL on the take from health care companies?
A mindset that they must do something. Some people believe its their duty and that Govt is means to get it done.
What is Michelle Obama’s BMI??? Anyone know?? I really want to know who I am taking advice from. I hope its not the fat trainer. :)
Rick Snyder was a RINO. That’s why. He won the primary because four conservatives also ran and split the vote.
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