The height and weight of each student in grades K-12 is measured annually. These numbers are then used to calculate the student's BMI (body mass index) which must be reported to the parent/guardian in writing annually.
Being either overweight or underweight can put a person at risk for certain health problems. A student who is overweight has an increased risk of developing serious conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and certain cancers. A student who is underweight has an increased risk for heart problems, loss of bone mass, and anemia. Underweight may also be a sign of an underlying eating disorder.
Many factors, including sports participation or family history, can influence height and weight in children and adolescents. BMI should be considered a screening tool and not a definitive measure of overweight and obesity as the indicator does have limitations. Your child's health care provider is the best person to determine if your child's measurements are within a normal range for your child.