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Merrimack Valley

July 16, 2013

State may eliminate parental notification on body mass index

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“This has been a lightning rod for them in the Legislature so we think this will certainly settle things down,” Bartlett said.

Administration officials also say that many school districts say they don’t have the resources to send letters home to every parent, and the DPH doesn’t have the capacity to monitor whether school districts are adequately protecting student privacy.

According to DPH, a 2011 study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that informing parents of their child’s weight status had little statistical impact on incidences of pediatric obesity.

Currently, 21 states require schools to collect BMI data on students, but only nine require parental notification.

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