Headlines Texas senator proposes ‘obesity reports’

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AUSTIN, Texas - Experts say more than a third of Texas school children are overweight or at risk for obesity. That figure alarms Leticia Van dePutte, a state senator from San Antonio, who is also a practicing pharmacist.

"[It amazes me] to see the number of 8- and 9-year-olds that are coming into the pharmacy to get the insulin, or 12-year-olds that take more blood pressure medicine than my grandmother," says Van dePutte.

So Van dePutte is proposing a state law requiring schools to weigh students, compute their body mass index, and send that information home on their report cards.

A similar law was implemented in Arkansas last year, where 38 percent of the students were found to be overweight. But unlike the plan proposed in Texas, Arkansas sent that information directly to parents in a health report, not in students' report cards.

Some parents in Texas are outraged.

"They don't need to tell us that to realize your kid is overweight," says parent Rosa Medellian.

Dr. Stephanie Setliff, who treats kids with eating disorders at the Children's Medical Center in Dallas, also believes the proposal is a bad idea.

"We know that eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa can be triggered by one comment made from a peer or a coach," says Setliff.

The state's largest teacher group also opposes the bill, saying teachers should just teach.

"The school has a place to provide nutritional food and nutritional information in health class, but they're not doctors," says Eric Allen with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

But Van dePutte says many Texas kids don't have health insurance and rarely see a doctor. She's hoping health reports from school will motivate their parents to do something.

"When parents see something written about their child's health status, they will intervene in the same way they do when they get that report card on the academic side," she says.

As another Texas official puts it, report cards on obesity in children "cant' wait, because their lives are literally at stake."

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See this is so wrong, the parent most likely know that their kid is fat. They don't need the school district telling them so.
 

swizeguy

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I dont think that its the school's job to do it.. But common something needs to be done. At this rate everyone's gonna be to fat to do anything.
 

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[sky] said:
See this is so wrong, the parent most likely know that their kid is fat. They don't need the school district telling them so.
Heh, you don't know how wrong you are. I've seen fat kids with fat parents and they think they look just fine.
 

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If the parents would get off their lazy fucking asses and do something about their kids' weight, then the school system wouldn't HAVE to tell them.

Sorry mom and dad, but if your 9 year old kid wieghs 245 lbs, it MIGHT not be the best idea in the world to get them that new game system they wanted, or get them a bigger TV for their bedroom. MAKE THEM GET OUTSIDE AND DO SHIT!!! QUIT LETTING THEM SIT ON THEIR ASSES AND PIG OUT!!! MAKE THEM SIT DOWN TO A HEALTHY 3 SQUARE MEALS A DAY WITH REASONABLY SIZED PORTIONS, AND HEALTHY SNACKS IN BETWEEN INSTEAD OF A FUCKING BAG OF CANDY!!!

If some parents weren't so fucking lazy and apathetic about their kids' eating habits, this wouldn't be as big of a problem.
 

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ferengi74656 said:
9 year old kid wieghs 245 lbs,
Whoa... you just conjured up a real disturbing image in my head. But... now that I think about it... that kid looks kind of funny. Kind of like a ball of rice pudding. Heh, thanks ferengi.
 

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Honestly, it's just Texas.

I live in San Antonio; and not to be racist, but it's a friggen bordertown with ALOT of overweight Hispanic people.

A major percent of the obiesity problems are fueled by unhealthy Mexican food loaded with fat and carbs. Don't believe me? Try going to an (authentic) Mexican restaurant and asking to see the nutritional values of any entres...they won't let you see it more than likely.

Also, Texas has a very lazy phys-ed program. In high school, I ran cross country and distance track but I had to do a semester of PE. I was surprised how many kids struggled just trying to run 1 mile and about collapsed at the end of it. We're talking kids that are 15-17 years old. I'm sorry but that's just unhealthy.

I support what they're doing. If the state has to resort to 'name-calling', so be it. I hate living in a city that's one of the fattest in the country, especially since we don't even give a shit (according to various polls I've seen in the local media). People just need to be more self-concious and do good things for their bodies.

ferengi74656 said:
Sorry mom and dad, but if your 9 year old kid wieghs 245 lbs, it MIGHT not be the best idea in the world to get them that new game system they wanted, or get them a bigger TV for their bedroom. MAKE THEM GET OUTSIDE AND DO SHIT!!! QUIT LETTING THEM SIT ON THEIR ASSES AND PIG OUT!!! MAKE THEM SIT DOWN TO A HEALTHY 3 SQUARE MEALS A DAY WITH REASONABLY SIZED PORTIONS, AND HEALTHY SNACKS IN BETWEEN INSTEAD OF A FUCKING BAG OF CANDY!!!
Fuck ya! Preach it. What's with these youths today?! We're just opting them to be lazy asses and die at a younger age with all these conveniences they indulge in. Do something mom and dad!
 

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I don't understant how any state in the U.S., besides Louisiana can have obesity problems. The weather and mosqitoes in the Cajun state really suxx, but the food... God Damn!?!?! It'll make you wanna slap your momma. That shit is GOOOOOD. Beignets, crawfish, scrimp e'touffee, King Cake, Jambalia, fried catfish, BBQ'd alligator...That's some good eating! I'm having withdrawal symptoms. People in Louisiana live to eat. Go to a Boudreaux and Thibideaux joint, strap on the feeder bags, and you'll understand why Louisiana would have widespread obesity problems. I can't even taste the food in the rest of the country. How can people put down enough of it to get fat?
 

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tbsrk said:
Whoa... you just conjured up a real disturbing image in my head. But... now that I think about it... that kid looks kind of funny. Kind of like a ball of rice pudding. Heh, thanks ferengi.
Kinda like the kid in this flash.
 

Captain 151

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Not to mention the fact that some study showed that Houston was the "fattest" town in America. Any one else hear about this?

And lol at that Cosby/DMX/fat kid remix. It's nice.