by Meagan Dorsch
Roughly 12 million U.S. children and adolescents are obese.
One proposed approach to addressing obesity is collecting a student's Body Mass Index (BMI) at school. Body mass index is a measure of whether a person's weight is healthy in proportion to their height.
This type of program has been controversial, but over a dozen states have legislation related to measuring student's BMI.
In this edition of The Buzz at State Legislatures Magazine, we sit down with Amy Winterfeld, a health policy analyst at The National Conference of State Legislatures. Amy explains the health risks obese children face, the benefits to collecting this data at school and how families can use BMI data to help children get fit.