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Teachers call for student weigh-ins to curb obesity

DDP/The Local · 4 Jun 2010, 10:38

Published: 04 Jun 2010 10:38 GMT+02:00

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“Disregard for health to the point of neglect is a crime,” DL president Josef Kraus told daily Bild. “When parents don’t make sure their children eat healthily and get enough exercise, then it can be the beginning of child abuse in extreme cases.”

School doctors should take a more active role and conduct regular consultations and weight measurements with students, reporting problem cases to authorities, he said.

“When parental notices about overweight children are thrown to the wind, then youth services must be contacted and as a last resort there should be cuts to their parental benefits or welfare,” Kraus added.

His remarks follow the release of official figures on Wednesday which showed that 51 percent of Germans are considered overweight.

Sixty percent of men and 43 percent of women have a Body Mass Index (BMI) - a measure calculated by body weight and height - of more than 25, up from 56 percent and 40 percent respectively in 1999, the German Statistics Office (Destatis) said.

Some 16 percent of men and 14 percent of women are classified as obese with a BMI of more than 30.

Politicians also want to take action against growing waistlines, Bild reported.

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“Doctors should conduct regular, thorough weight measurements and warn of the grave health risks that come with obesity,” Social Democratic parliamentarian and party speaker on health issues Karl Lauterbach told the paper.

Such measures would help avoid “much personal suffering and high costs for society,” he added.

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12:03 June 4, 2010 by pepsionice
Just curious....will the teachers volunteer to get weighed too?

I didn't think so.

Do the SPD party members volunteer to get weighed?

I didn't think so.

If both groups will stand up and agree....and put three percent of their salary up on the block to hold until they attain proper weight....maybe this might be good goal...otherwise.....lets put teachers back to work teaching math, science and grammar.
12:05 June 4, 2010 by dcgi
What the hell is going on with that 2nd toe from the left on the right foot :-S
12:55 June 4, 2010 by duckys
and i will be more than happy to take the school to court over Child discrimination and profiling...
20:43 June 4, 2010 by michael4096
Any 'solution' is, surely, guaranteed to alienate many more than it helps.

Sure, better PE will increase the fitness not only of the 2 or 3 athletic ones but maybe of 3 or 4 more. And, the other 16 in the class will grow up hating exercise for the rest of their lives and feeling that they are not normal.

Why are kids sitting in macdonalds eating instead of doing fun things not involving eating? As far as I can see its because they are actively encouraged. Macdonalds is safe, they can't hurt themselves, they are unlikely to get kidnapped, nobody shows them fun things for fear of being called perverts - and the kids are bored stiff. This is actually less severe in germany than the uk or us but its getting here as well.
02:22 June 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Ban McDonald's and all the other fast food franchises and leave the fat kids alone. After a while they won't be fat any more. I'm sick and tired of this nanny state micromanagement of individuals. You don't go after the junkies, you go after the dealers.
12:40 June 5, 2010 by frankiep
You are sick of nanny state micromanagement so you want to see McDonald's and all other fast food franchises banned? Think about the logic, or lack thereof, of that statement and get back to us.
14:59 June 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I wrote "nanny state micromanagement of INDIVIDUALS." I said nothing about predatory corporations selling poison. There is nothing logically inconsistent with my position, wiseass.
00:53 June 6, 2010 by wenddiver
The cause of it is association with fat, pale teachers. Sometimes when I watch my sister's kids I wonder if I should cook differtly, but really the kids are healthy as a bag of cats.

It must be the exercise, because we always stop at McDonalds and ussually drink Coca-Cola, Kool-aid or Florida Orange Juice.

You don't have to make children play, just go to the hardware store and pick up the stuff children like to play with: rope, machetes, pocket knives, matches, chains, BB Guns, hatchets, nails, hammers, seeds, small .22 calibre rifles and a cheap flamable liguid and some fire extiguishers/fire works. Throw in a dog and they will all have the time of their life running around doing things. Problem solved, no fat kids or dogs, just happy healthy kinder. Eat as much McDonalds as they want.
01:02 June 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Yeah, give them explosives, machetes and firearms around household pets. What could go wrong with that?
23:55 August 7, 2010 by sorochin
Before I happenes upon The Local, I thought of Germany as a more mature and reasonable society, without the BS we put up with in the States. Now I know better.
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