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Schools Sending ‘Fat Letters’ To Parents About Overweight Children

Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietitian, starts the school year by checking out the weight of hundreds of preschoolers in the San Fernando Valley.
“We look at growth charts and percentiles. And when a child is at 95 percent of their…we can look at weight for age or weight for height…that child would be considered obese,” she said.
By October, CBS2’s Suraya Fadel reported that parents will get what is called “healthy or unhealthy” letters. Kids call them “fat letters.”
Schmitt said out of the 900 2 to 5-year-old children she looks at, roughly 200 are listed as obese.
“We let the parents know in a gentle fashion, but we also send out a ton of handouts to try to help that family,” she said.

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