The Today Show brings us the story of Kristen Grasso, a healthy, fit, athletic 11-year-old child who was sent home with a "fat letter" by the simpletons at her school.
You see, the 5' 3" tall Kristen weighs 124 pounds, which equates to a BMI of 22. This is considered "overweight."
I will say it over and over again until I draw my last breath on this Earth: BMI is a dumb statistic and is used as a weapon to label people as being obese, when in fact they are not. People who follow and rely on BMI are idiots. There is no other way to put it.
|The "overweight" Kristen Grasso playing sports|
America's weight problem is bad enough: we don't need to exaggerate it by pretending it's worse than it is. And now this poor girl has been called fat. By her school. Unbelievable.
Memo to the school systems nationwide: ditch the fat letters. Focus on children who obviously have a real weight problem (I can help you decide, if needed.) Then schedule an in-person, sit-down conversation with the parents. No letters.
And finally, I would like to remind you that according to the BMI chart, I am still "obese." To which I say....
Bryan Ganey is the author of "Impossible: How I Lost Nearly 400 Pounds Without Surgery," now available in print and e-book from Amazon.com.