A concerned Florida mom has lashed out at the state after her slim, sporty daughter was sent home with a letter from school saying she was “overweight.”
At 5-foot-5, Lily Grasso, is one of the tallest in her class and a healthy, 124-pound youngster who likes to play volleyball.
But Naples Middle School sent the 11-year-old a “fat letter,” mistakenly citing Lily’s BMI of 22 and labeling her as overweight.
But the Collier County Health Department recorded Lily’s height as two inches shorter than she actually is — making the number inaccurate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lily’s baffled and upset mom Kristen Grasso said she is worried about how these mistakes could affect young girls’ body image:
“Lily is tall, athletic, solid muscle — by no means is she overweight. My concern is kids that see the results of this test that may be classified as overweight that aren’t, and the self-esteem issues that they may get,” the mom of three said.
The health screenings are used in many states as a way of combating childhood obesity.
They are compulsory under Florida law, but parents can opt out.