Parents outraged over school program that tracks kids’ weight

A plan to track middle school students’ weight has some Naperville, Ill., parents up in arms. Part of the physical education program in Naperville District 203 asks junior high school students to weigh in and record the results, prompting objections from parents who say the choice to opt out of the decade-old program is not enough, the Huffington Post reports.

“I said, ‘You are creating a generation of eating disorders. You should focus on wellness, not weight,” Karen Smith, the mother of a sixth-grade student, told the Naperville Sun. “Here’s the problem with optional: You create that drama with weighing.”

School officials say students can weigh themselves at home, or simply leave the weight space blank on the fitness card, which factors in other measures, including strength, endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular health…

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