Little Girl Opens BMI Report Card, Reads She’s ‘Overweight’


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STATEN ISLAND, New York — A mother is shocked after her nine-year-old daughter was labeled “overweight” by the New York Department of Education, according to WPIX.

Gwendolyn Williams, 9, is a third grader. She was among nearly 870,000 students to receive “fitnessgrams” recently. It’s used by the state to determine body mass index for students, and is sent home to parents in a sealed envelope.

But Gwendolyn and her friends opened theirs on the bus.

Gwendolyn’s fitnessgram said she is “overweight.” She weighs 66 pounds, one pound over the average weight for her size, and is active and healthy for her age.

Now her mother is upset over the report, and that her daughter was able to read it before she did.

According to WPIX, the state released this statement:

“Fitnessgram notices are a longstanding tool that help families stay aware of weight and fitness as one part of an overall approach to ensuring their child’s health. For almost a decade children have received the same commonsense tips, alongside the results of their physical fitness tests. This is a program that is both popular and effective.”

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