Schools increasingly check students for obesity

March 29, 2014, The Washington Post

The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat.

Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index (BMI), an indicator of body fat.

The calculation isn’t reported to Beltran or her son, who cannot see the readout on the scale that has a remote display. Instead it’s used by the district to collect local data on children’s weight.

Beltran supports her son’s school in measuring students because the data has brought in help to address obesity, which can lead to diabetes and other illnesses tied to a lifetime of poor habits. Continue reading

Study: Exercise boosts self-esteem; physical activity improves mental well-being

Oct. 2, 2012, FoodBeat

By Danielle Angel

Moderate physical activity has been shown to improve the mental well-being of overweight children. This study was conducted in Ottawa, Canada , and funded by the Canadian Diabetes Association with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. It was published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Continue reading