Panel says Arkansas law informing parents of childrens' obesity should do more to protect privacy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Panel says Arkansas law informing parents of childrens' obesity should do more to protect privacy

     An advisory panel says it stands by a new law requiring parents to be told of their children's body-mass index.
     But the Child Health Advisory Committee also says the program can be changed to protect students' privacy.
     The committee has endorsed the plan for a special health report card distributed directly to parents.
     Committee members said they hoped that would reduce concerns about exposing overweight children to teasing by their peers, and invading their privacy. 
     A law approved by the Legislature this year requires the state's public schools to provide parents with an annual report of their children's body-mass index, a measure that helps screen for weight problems.

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