Published Online: October 22, 2013
Published in Print: October 23, 2013, as Mass. Ends Letter Policy on Student Weight

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Mass. Ends Letter Policy on Student Weight

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Massachusetts schools will no longer send letters to parents about their children's weight after public-health officials decided last week to end the practice, citing concerns about privacy and bullying.

Health officials said there was evidence that informing parents of their child's weight status had no effect on pediatric obesity.

They also said some information may not have been safeguarded, prompting worries that the information could lead to bullying.

Schools must still collect the data, and parents will be allowed to request the information.

Vol. 33, Issue 09, Page 4

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