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BMI Tracking: Fat Letters Sent Home from School?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: You may have gotten letters from your child's school regarding grades or activities. But what if you got a letter saying your child was fat?
Air Date: 9/11/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
BMI Tracking: Fat Letters Sent Home from School?
It's well known that childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country.

You probably have seen kids that are overweight and thought to yourself, "That's so sad. Why can't parents feed their kids healthier foods?"

But what if you received a letter from your child's school saying your child is overweight? What would your reaction be?

It's a new trend in schools to monitor kids' weight. BMI tracking lets parents know if their child is on the edge of obesity.

These "fat letters" can be very unnerving.

But, they can also spark communities into action to tackle this issue and help children be healthier, fitter, and more in tune with good nutrition.

Special guest, Dr. Corinn Cross, MD, shares helpful advice on what parents need to know and how to follow up if you receive one of these letters.

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