'Fat letters' sent to parents of obese Massachusetts students


Parents across Massachusetts say they're outraged after schools in the state and the Department of Public Health sent letters to the homes of students who are considered to be obese, WHDH says.

WHDH cites the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in saying that 32 percent of students in that state have a Body Mass Index that's considered overweight. However, most parents who got the letters about their children didn't find them to be of much help.

"No one wants get letter saying they're obese," Matt Watson, the father of a 10-year-old student who got a letter, told WHDH. "That's a very strong, uncomfortable word, and we didn't see if fitting with our son who is very active."

According to Fox 25 in Boston, the Department of Public Health only released a statement saying that "BMI screenings are intended to raise parents' awareness about the issue." Officials also said that parents and students were free to opt out of the measurement.