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I saw this on the news today, and all I can say is that I hope this works and hits the U.S. soon. Someone needs to save these poor kids. I was 60 pounds overweight until I was 20 years old, when I was able to change my life with A LOT of self-motivation and commitment. Most people don't have the will power to commit themselves to improving their own well-being and quality of life. There are no excuses for obesity, even medical problems that cause obesity can be managed (in most cases), and if not managed they definitely don't have to be surrendered to. There are of course 3 common body types ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. Ectomorphs being the long, slender, skinny people that have difficulty gaining weight and building muscle. Mesomorphs are your "model-type" people who easily gain muscle, and have an easier time burning fat. Then there are the endomorphs, who are your rounder people, often having shorter limbs and a more stocky appearance. Endomorphs build muscle easily, but do not burn fat easily. These are the people that have a tendency to be obese, but obese people often lump themselves into this category, and there is a difference from being a little overweight and being obese.
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Schools in at least seven U.S. states now send home BMI report cards.


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Seven states -- Arkansas, California, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia -- require BMI or Body Mass Index report cards, informing parents of a child's risk of becoming obese.

In 2003, Arkansas was the first state to enact BMI report cards. In three years, although the number of obese children has not dropped in that state, it has leveled off, which researchers see as a positive sign. Zoltan Acs, co-founder of the Obesity Initiative, says it's up to the states to get the job done. "We're seeing more of these laws coming out of the states, and some of them are quite effective. A federal solution would be much more difficult," Acs said.

"Every state has a different mix of populations, a different outlook on diet and nutrition, and so a one-size-fits-all approach simply would not be feasible."

But not everyone thinks the BMI report card is a great idea. Parents have complained the notices are stigmatizing and damaging to a child's self-esteem. (Watch one mom's opposition. Video )

When 8-year-old Jasmine Tallman of Hyannis, Massachusetts, came home with a letter saying she was on the verge of becoming obese, her mother, Vicki Elliott, was not pleased. Not only did she say Jasmine was an active, healthy child who weighed only 66 pounds and had just seen her pediatrician, but she felt it was none of the school's business to meddle in her child's weight issues. Elliott was also concerned Jasmine would become obsessed with her weight and possibly develop an eating disorder, because the BMI backs up society's attitude that thin is in.

"You go to the newsstand -- skinny women on the front of all the covers," says Elliott. "I want her to be healthy because it's the way to be, not because it means being skinny."

On Monday, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted to repeal the BMI-tracking law, citing parental complaints at state intervention and funding issues. The measure now goes to the state Senate.
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