Should Schools Intervene With Students With Low Or High BMI?

Should schools intervene with students with low or high BMI? A very high BMI could show that a student is obese, resulting in other possible future problems... Read on.


TOPIC: Should Schools Intervene With Students With Low Or High BMI?

The Question:

Schools are filled with kids who have an extremely low or high body mass index. A very low BMI may mean that a student could be suffering from anorexia or bulimia. A very high BMI could show that a student is obese, resulting in other possible future problems, such as diabetes.

Should schools intervene with students with low or high BMI? Why or why not?

Should schools send these students to gym even at the expense of their math, science and reading classes?

Where is the line that the schools should not be able to cross?

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School Intervention
Should Schools Intervene With Students With Low Or High BMI? Why Or Why Not?

They should be taught about general nutrition, right food choices, what is BAD about fast food, good carbs and bad carbs, good fat and bad fat, etc. Have the students keep journals of what they eat and how they felt after that meal and how they felt throughout the day.

Maybe even have them set up Fitday accounts and plug everything in they ate for the week. Teach them why it's important to eat breakfast and how it kick starts your metabolism. It's NOT uncommon for kids to not eat all day and go home and pig out.

Then when they write it in their journal, they can be asked which breakfast made you feel better? Fruit and oats for breakfast or a bowl of sugar covered Frosted Flakes?

Which one made you so tired and sluggish that you had to lay your head down on your arm as you wrote with the other hand and which made you able to concentrate in class? ... etc.

So the kid is sick? Have that kid look at his journal and see if he's eating too many unhealthy foods and maybe not enough nutrients. Do they emotionally eat? Do they notice that they always eat ice cream after hearing their parents fight or not being invited to a party?

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I bet any kid would be surprised to see the connection between how they felt that day and what they ate. I know on Nickelodeon they have an early morning "school" type show that was teaching the kids how to make healthy, great tasting fruit smoothies and the kids love it.

Imagine a 12yr old asking his mom to buy more fruit for his "breakfast smoothie" rather than another box of donuts. Schools could do that rather than making Kool-Aid or baking brownies for special occasions.

They shouldn't force them to go to the gym, that's unfair and embarrassing. Could you picture explaining that you're leaving math class because you're forced to go to "fat camp class"? That would be crossing the line and would only help boost the teen suicide and drop out rates.

Instead, give kids the information and the tools about how easy it is to get exercise and it's up to the kids to do it. Hand out free jump ropes because it's something cheap and easy they can do in the privacy of their own room. Make a copy of a "fun" exercise video (well, if that's legal) and give it to all the kids.

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In grade school, they could have kids do Tae-Bo or something kid appealing after lunch instead of regular "Recess" where they sit around and talk or play games. Weight tracking could be an optional and a private thing, depending on the ages. Having the students know each other's weight would never work and turn into a competition. But maybe the teacher could offer to talk to anyone privately and help them figure out some changes and set up a plan.

They shouldn't single any kid out. It's embarrassing and the kid would get tortured for it and way to kill their self esteem. There's more to health and life then who is fat and who isn't. "Normal," "healthy"-weight kids could just be lucky enough to have a super fast metabolism and their health could be suffering in other ways from all the junk they eat.


Educational Expense
Should Schools Send These Students To Gym Even At The Expense Of Their Math, Science And Reading Classes?

School is about learning. It should be about learning things that are useful and that will get them somewhere in life. (I still have no use for Algebra). The parents sucked at teaching their kids sex education and the schools stepped up. They also used D.A.R.E to teach them about drugs because parents weren't doing a great job there either.

Now the parents suck at feeding their kids a healthy diet and do not give a d@mn that their 10yr old weighs 125lbs. So it's time for the school to step up on this as well. Kids don't know any better, they just know they're fat and don't understand why and have got to be embarrassed about it and self conscious about it on a daily basis.

I'm sure most of us have parents who eat like sh!t and we had to teach ourselves through the internet and other sources. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who wishes I knew what I knew now in high school and if I did... I wouldn't have gone the eating disorder route and starved myself trying to lose weight.


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Schools are filled with kids who have an extremely low or high body mass index. A very low BMI may mean that a student could be suffering from anorexia or bulimia. A very high BMI could show that a student is obese, resulting in other possible future problems, such as diabetes.


School Intervention
Should Schools Intervene With Students With Low Or High BMI? Why Or Why Not?

No, because students have a right to do what they want. However, schools can encourage kids without "intervening". Schools should focus on changing their formats to ensure kids are eating all the right foods and getting time to exercise. If the schools are doing all they can to provide the activities, then there is no other option than for the students to follow through and do them.

A high body mass index is simply when a student is fatter than what they should be for their height and age group. Its important students stay at their healthy weight range as it is an indication that their overall health is in good order. If not, they put themselves at risk of becoming obese, getting heart disease, and type 2 diabetes later on in life.

Obesity is a serious problem in our society, and it is the main contributor to the diseases above. Therefore, its important we do all to ensure this does not occur, with a focus on doing so at a young age.

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Educational Expense
Should Schools Send These Students To Gym Even At The Expense Of Their Math, Science And Reading Classes?

No, it wouldn't be at the expense of other classes, all it takes is a simple 15 minute session in the morning. This time is a small price to pay for positive health. When one is in good health, we work harder anyway, meaning more productive math, science and reading class.

Exercise increases brain chemicals that relax kids, which is a nice change from the hyped-up, ADD student you see so often. Exercise also increases mental energy, concentration and clarity of thought. What more could a teacher ask for?


The Line
Where Is The Line That The Schools Should Not Be Able To Cross?

Schools should never individualize. Everyone should be involved, and picking on fat students is not only un-ethical, but will only decrease their motivation and increase their inactivity.

Teachers should teach their students the reason they are doing exercise, and let them feel the benefits for themselves. Overall, a student has a certain degree of freedom to do what they want in life, but by providing them with the environment that ensues they partake in proper, healthy activity will encourage them to make the right choices in their own time.


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Schools are filled with kids who have an extremely low or high body mass index. A very low BMI may mean that a student could be suffering from anorexia or bulimia. A very high BMI could show that a student is obese, resulting in other possible future problems, such as diabetes.


School Intervention
Should Schools Intervene With Students With Low Or High BMI? Why Or Why Not?

Yes, because these problems lead them into adult life and depending on which careers they intend to follow through into, their weight will be a factor in their proficiency and choice as a candidate. Looking at where they are now, there are most certainly disabilities tending towards the higher BMI person than a low BMI individual, yet they both carry their own individual issues.

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Someone who is either obese or tending towards that side will at times be ostracized in class, because of the issue of simply not fitting to the "standard" seating provided by educational facilities. At the food hall, they will be looked at for what they eat and will be made fun of at times, which leads to a lower self-esteem.

These are all major factors in a student being successful at school. So this is definitely not a choice but an ultimatum to doing something to boost the situation and get the student on a better track; due to the fact that they may not be the best they can be academically. Certainly as a person they may be gracious and cool, yet you need a well rounded individual to have a clean society.

Exercise is the solution and their environment should carry this in mind and put in the needed duties to make things right.

The lower BMI group will be prone to being more sick and will not be as strong as an individual around this age should be. They are subject to bullies and other modes of harm. They should be encouraged in the food halls more of the time.


Educational Expense
Should Schools Send These Students To Gym Even At The Expense Of Their Math, Science And Reading Classes?

No, but time management is the key here - you are able to lead a healthy lifestyle while carrying out academic and extra-curricular activities with some effort. Your mind must simply be up to it. I know for myself that I have something after school everyday of the week except Tuesday and have had the duty of keeping my mind and body healthy.

You become more proficient leading under these factors of having to be busy. Lending you towards being more of a success. So go and study, and when you have a break, please go and train.

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The Line
Where Is The Line That The Schools Should Not Be Able To Cross?

I feel that these programs should be known, I.E. the students are notified that there are the correct facilities and guidance counselors to help out with any health related issue. Yet that those who "enroll" in the programs should not be identified or "mocked" in any terms by the faculty nor students.

The truth is that we all have freedom to our rights and that means no one can force you to do anything which you do not want to do. That is the line which should not be crossed, where it becomes forced on the student. There should be more of a kind, considerate emotional level to it, than a physical or mental hardship.