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Teachers: Should schools send notes home for students at risk of obesity?

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In my opinion there needs to be a meeting with the parent to discuss what can and should be done to help the parent help the child on controlling his/her weight. Parents, nutritionist,teacher, counselor/psychologist should all be involved.There also needs to be follow up meetings to monitor child's progress.

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Isabel delgadillo
abcft
Hawaiian Gardens, CA

The health staff should meet with the parents and address the concern in person at the school or home.Provide information to the family why the child is at risk of obesity, do nutrition intake of the child's diet, provide recipes or alternative foods the family would enjoy, and provide local nutrition classes.

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Rose Gomez
aft 1475
pico rivera, CA

A few years back one of the computer programs that our health department was telling parents their child was overweight, when some of the children were average not over weight at all. Our Nutritionist explained that at this age even a pound or so could confuse the computer into thinking a child was over weight when they weren't. This left we teacher trying to explain this to parents. The best thing we can do is hook them up with WIC, and well baby check ups, and also serve healthy meals and cooking experiences.

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Lynn Root
seiu
VACAVILLE, CA

Obesity is a health issue. The child's Doctor is the one to bring this up. I feel this is a very personal and delicate matter. I had a teacher in 6th grade that told me that I should lose weight before I get too heavy. I will never forget it. That was over 30 years ago. No child should be labeled. At check-ups for shots or routine visits, the heath care professional will take care of the weight issue. The schools need to mind their own business about a student's weight!

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Jo Thomas
1211
Schaumburg, IL

In most cases, the parent/guardian is keenly aware of the threat of obesity. Socio-economic disparity often lends itself to this problem. If the schools were fiscally able to provide comprehensive nutritional education programs to parents and students, it would help greatly...but a note just to send a note seems futile.

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Michael Jester
Cleveland Teachers Union Local 279
Cleveland, OH

While I believe that parents are the responsible party in rearing their children, some parents may need a "wake-up" call about their children's health issues. Some parents are in denial about these issues. A note sent home to parents requesting them to take their children to their family doctor to discuss issues related to their children's health is a kind reminder. I know that many will object to this practice. Having raised a child myself and knowing that someone else was looking at her too, kept me on my toes. We all want to be better parents. With all their is to do today, a helpful note home from the school nurse is an added plus.

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linda dombkiewicz
philadelphia
philadelphia, PA

The school would have to be a little bit more involved in helping the child with it other than just telling them that they are at risk of being fat.

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Miles Green
Lansing, MI

This questions is directed to teachers - How about the opinion of a parent? The note should be carefully written, keeping in mind what a sensitive topic this is. However, the schools must provide an answer to the problem. Are there athletics offered at school on a regularly scheduled basis? Are healthy food choices offered for breakfast and lunch? Who is monitoring meals and activities? What determines when students are considered 'at risk of obesity?' Depending upon the answers to these questions, may yield a different opinion.

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Delores Powell
City Union of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

This questions is directed to teachers -how about the opinion of a parent? The note should be carefully written, keeping in mind what a sensitive topic this is. However, the schools must provide an answer to the problem. Are there athletics offered at school on a regularly scheduled basis? Are healthy food choices offered for breakfast and lunch? Who is monitoring meals and activities? What determines when students are considered 'at risk of obesity?' Depending upon the answers to these questions, it may yield a different opinion.

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Delores Powell
City Union of Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

We are not trained as health professionals. Why should we also take on this responsibility? Do we not have enough on our respective plates? Kids have to visit their health care provider periodically for their immunizations. It is at that time they should be informed about obesity.

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Mariana Monarrez
San Antonio, TX

If you send notes home about obesity, kids will be embarrassed.

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Kaelann Herrera
hudson, KY

The note has to have a medical screening back up--and healthy choice lesson plans should become a part of the curriculum. Some parents don't know, or cannot afford, healthy foods. But they can sometimes have a healthy meal--if they knew what to do.

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Jo Ann Owens
CTU
Chicago, IL

Best to do some thinking and research on the causes of obesity before posting such a catastrophically moronic question. It really reflects very badly on your leadership.

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Barbara Sasso
Hamden, CT

Teachers are paid to teach, not to monitor any child's health. That is the parents' job. Let the teachers do the teaching-- and do a better job.

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Deanna Fetha
Sun City, AZ

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