New proposal may stop BMI reports in schools

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(MyFoxBoston.com) – Schools may no longer have to notify moms and dads of their child's body mass index score in an attempt to cut down on bullying.
    
Since 2009, schools have been required to collect BMI scores to cut down on childhood obesity.
    
A letter would be sent home to let parents know their child had potential health risks. But the Patrick administration says the requirement has led to increased bullying and stigma around weight issues, particularly among young girls.
    
Under the new proposal, the Department of Public Health would remove the requirement that schools send letters to parents. Instead, local school boards could decide if they want to continue the practice.
    
A public hearing will be held in September to discuss the new regulations.