'Fitness grams': helpful or hurtful? - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

'Fitness grams': helpful or hurtful?

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Jessica Cintron's 5-year-old daughter received a health report at school saying she was overweight.

The New York City Department of Education sends home health reports called fitness grams. They were introduced into city public schools in 2005. The test measures several aspects of a child's health: muscle strength, flexibility, and body-mass index, or BMI, which is upsetting a lot of parents and children.

Jessica's other daughter, Jelesa, is in the 9th grade. She is one of the estimated 860,000 New York City students who also received a fitness gram last year. She says the letters can lead to bullying.

Dr. Cathleen London, a family health practitioner, says BMI isn't a very accurate measurement at all. She says it's a rough measurement that doesn't take into account if the mass is fat or muscle.

However, some New Yorkers we spoke to support fitness grams. They said the letters could help young people address obesity.

Kids across 19 states are now receiving health letters from school.

Recently, an 11-year-old volleyball player in Florida, who is 5 feet 5 inches and 124 pounds, was mistakenly labeled as overweight by her school as well.

Dr. London believes that maybe BMI is TMI -- just too much information -- and can lead to self-esteem issues. She is concerned that it can contribute to eating disorders.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Labor Day dishes by Chef Jason Tilmann

    Labor Day dishes by Chef Jason Tilmann

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:57:58 GMT
    If you're looking to beef up your Labor Day barbecue with something different, Chef Jason Tilmann, the executive chef at Strand Bistro in Midtown Manhattan, has some ideas and tips. Chef Tilmann demonstrated several dishes.
    If you're looking to beef up your Labor Day barbecue with something different, Chef Jason Tilmann, the executive chef at Strand Bistro in Midtown Manhattan, has some ideas and tips. Chef Tilmann demonstrated several dishes.
  • O'Neill Theater: where stars were born

    O'Neill Theater: where stars were born

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:42 GMT
    It's a running joke that if you mention the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to nearly anyone in Hollywood they're going to know exactly what you're talking about because odds are they might have gotten their first big break there. Would you believe some Hollywood's biggest stars -- Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Angela Bassett -- got their start in a big red barn in the middle of nowhere.
    It's a running joke that if you mention the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to nearly anyone in Hollywood they're going to know exactly what you're talking about because odds are they might have gotten their first big break there. Would you believe some Hollywood's biggest stars -- Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Angela Bassett -- got their start in a big red barn in the middle of nowhere.
  • Taxi hits and kills woman in Manhattan

    Taxi hits and kills woman in Manhattan

    Friday, August 29 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-29 20:38:46 GMT
    A taxicab slammed into a woman on the Upper East Side, killing her, police said. The cab, driven by a 30-year-old man, made a left turn onto East 79 Street from Madison Avenue and hit the woman, who was trying to cross the street, the NYPD said.
    A taxicab slammed into a woman on the Upper East Side, killing her, police said. The cab, driven by a 30-year-old man, made a left turn onto East 79 Street from Madison Avenue and hit the woman, who was trying to cross the street, the NYPD said.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices