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We hope that’s an exaggeration of what state Rep. Richard Morrissette has in mind in proposing fitness screenings for public and homeschool students 16 and younger. But it’s still probably too close for comfort.
Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, said he wants confidential weight and measurement determinations, with parents notified if students are overweight or underweight. Parents with children in those categories could be visited by child welfare officials if they don’t act on the findings, he said. Seriously?
We have supported efforts to get more physical activity in the school day and to get more local, nutritious food into schools. But the idea of turning the state and schools into the weight police is troubling. A student’s general health is a matter between the student, his or her parents and doctors.
Schools have wellness committees to come up with local solutions to health issues. If those committees want fitness testing, then they can open that discussion up for community debate. Maybe parents will even agree. But Morrisette’s proposal as he’s articulated it so far is overreaching.