Obesity among children has increased so much in the past couple of years. To try and control this, I read that the government is now trying to screen school aged children to see if they are obese or at risk of being obese. They are doing this using the body mass index and and are comparing children's BMI within each age group or class level. The goal is to have these results reach the children's families so that they may do something about it.
Many of the parents I know are very careful about their kids' diets and they provide them with healthy meals at home. But kids can eat very unhealthy at school and outside of the home. I'm also worried about how inactive kids are these days. TV and video games have definitely played a role in this.
I think sometimes parents are so busy trying to manage everything, they don't realize that their children is gaining or losing weight or how active or inactive they really are. So I'm glad that there is BMI screening to help warn parents if there is a risk.