Massachusetts Schools Send Fat Letters Home to Parents
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Schools in North Andover, Massachusetts sent controversial ‘fat letters’ home with students to notify parents that their child qualifies as obese.

In the letter, schools encourage parents of presumed obese children to consult their pediatrician. Though the tactic has been supported by the state’s Department of Health, parents have expressed their displeasure with young children being classified based on their weight. Some parents argued that the methodology of the obesity test, which was administered by a school screening, doesn’t account for muscle mass, and most of all, hinders children’s self-esteem. Parents of students who were deemed underweight were also notified.

The decision to send letters to parents is an attempt by the state to curb child obesity. Obesity rates in children have doubled in the last 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Data from 2010 found that 18 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11 are considered to be obese.

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Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine,, New York Amsterdam News, and Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.