BMI in children  

rm_Isandria 39F
64 posts
4/27/2006 4:58 pm

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BMI in children

I am going to get a little political here but I believe this is a subject that we should pay attention to this and exchange our views on this topic.

Today I watched a report on ABC news that reported that the World Health Organization is urging American Medical groups and facilities to start using the BMI (Body Mass Index) on children age 2 and younger. Have we as a nation become so obsessed about weight and being skinny that we are willing to subject newborns, infants, and toddlers to diets and self esteem issues because of some number that some doctor or scientist says should be considered the norm for a persons weight according to their height. When will enough be enough. When are we going to say that this have gone too far. Are we now going to subjugate the developing bodies of our children to the disastrous effects of yo-yo diets, bulimia, and anorexia to fit someone else's ideal, when there are more important health issues that face children age 2 and under.

I just want to know what is your opinion on
this topic.


If you want to watch or read this report go to ABC news website.

SexySultry46DDs 51
41 posts
4/27/2006 6:19 pm

My opinion is this, the medical field is only jumping on a horse that is already being ridden by obsessed parents who are trying to make thier children stars, models,beauty pagent winners, or the regular old joe who has had low self esteem or weight yoyo problems themselves, and are now passing it onto their children.
Yes I do feel that young of an age is ridiculous but where there is a demand society follows. So this one I feel isn't one to be angry at the medical proffession over but just on society bullshit ways of seeing things.

rm_AnOddGirl 58F
3469 posts
4/29/2006 8:43 am

Well BMI is much better than the system I learned in nursing school 20 years ago. According to the old system - I should have weighed 110 lbs, with BMI my weight at 135 was at the high of normal (OMG I thought finally I'm normal and not fat). Now that I weigh 125 (somedays less) I can say that still at 110 (old system) I would look anorexic, more skin and bones than I am now - totally unhealthy. So at least with BMI - it's more realistic.


absolutelynormal 57F
6563 posts
5/2/2006 9:39 pm

I'm a nurse too. I work in the ER. Every child that comes in gets weighed because that's what their medication dose is based on. Last year I had a 3 year old that weighed 75 lbs and a 5 year old that weighed 125. Both of these kids had normal weight parents. I don't know what the answer is, but I think keeping them away from fast food and sugar would help. Mac

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