Friday, December 08, 2006

Mandatorily Thin

I'll get in on this bloggle (bloggle:blog::gaggle:goose) about legislating common sense.

In Maryland's last legislative session, a well-meaning senator introduced Senate Bill 329, which provides for mandatory obesity screening for every child in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades. The child's Body-Mass Index (BMI) would be measured, and a "health report card" would be sent home to the parents, informing them of the results.

Imagine that, getting a letter from school informing you that your son is fat. I can imagine the conversation now at the dinner table.

"So, Johnny, we got your health report card today. Your teacher says you got a 32! Why didn't you tell us you were getting fat?"

"I thought I was doing okay."

"What do you eat in the school cafeteria?"

"Just what they feed us. McDonald's burgers, fries, pizza, soda."

"Well, until you get your grade down to a 25, you are grounded, young man. Now, go upstairs to your room and watch TV."


Fortunately, the bill died.

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