I’m just going to come on out and say it; the government cannot solve everyone’s problems, especially problems such as childhood obesity.
Late last week, state Sen. Joseph Carter (R – Tifton) introduced Senate Bill 506, the “SHAPE Act.” What the bill does is require local school systems to “conduct body mass index testing of each student two times each school year,once during the fall and once during the spring; make a student´s individual body mass index data available only to such student´s parent or guardian; and designate schools that don’t comply with the statute as an ‘unhealthy school zone'”
In an interview with the Athens Banner-Herald, Sen. Carter said, “We want parents to know what’s happening as far as physical education and whether schools comply. We’ll see students that are healthier, more well adjusted and better students.” [Source: 2/26/2008 Athens Banner-Herald article “State may label some schools ‘unhealthy'”]
Is this legislation really necessary?
Do we really need to require schools to measure their students’ body mass index?
Do we really need to spend money on a website that tells the world where Georgia’s fattest schools are?
I think not.