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Kids being weighed in school.

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Who always thought that it was embarrassing for the "festively plumped" children to be weighed in front of the whole class?

I felt it was really out of order schools doing this. This is how bullying starts.

Anyone else agree?
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    what? since when have big kids been weighed in school? what coma have i just woken up from?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ballerina wrote:
    what? since when have big kids been weighed in school? what coma have i just woken up from?
    I just thought about it a minuete ago.

    In primary school & the beginning of secondary, we were always being weighed as part of "science experiments", for lessons.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Got to admit, I've never heard of it happening, or ever happened when I was at school.

    Guess this is more of a debate thread, so moving it over there.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    For science a few times we've be weighted and had our height taken, but that's totally different. You might want to move this to P&D me thinks.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i've never been weighed in school. Had my height done a few times for science but thats it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My borough most have been the only one to do it. :nervous:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    was never weighed at school - thank god, was a bit of a chunk and it would have traumatised me.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Despite not having problems wiyth my weight (well, I do but it's more to do with not being able to put on weight) I would still find this embarrassing.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think it may have been asked once or twice in experiments, however we had the choice.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I was actually the heaviest in my class. :(

    Not the plumpest though. :)

    But I remember my best mate at the time, his mum wrote a letter in to get him out of lessons that day. I really never understood why schools done it.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    squeal16 wrote:
    I think it may have been asked once or twice in experiments, however we had the choice.

    we never had the choice.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sofie wrote:
    we never had the choice.
    x2
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i used to have a medical every year at my school. we had it privatley in the nurses office but someone would always come out crying because they were too short or fat. haha
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    i used to have a medical every year at my school. we had it privatley in the nurses office but someone would always come out crying because they were too short or fat. haha

    What's wrong with being short? Or were they short and fat?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    squeal16 wrote:
    What's wrong with being short? Or were they short and fat?
    Stubby :D
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    i used to have a medical every year at my school. we had it privatley in the nurses office but someone would always come out crying because they were too short or fat. haha
    didn't you go to a private school though?
    the only thing we ever had was some test at primary school where we had to look at a book which had a coloured page of little spots and a number in a different colour and you had to say what the number was. Just to make sure we weren't colour blind.
    Then in year 7 we had the TB jab. That's all the medical stuff i've ever had at school. :p
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    squeal16 wrote:
    What's wrong with being short? Or were they short and fat?
    nothing! i just remember this girl used to get really upset because she never grew.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Seriously though, what is wrong with weighing kids in schools? Might stop obesity in kids.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ballerina wrote:
    didn't you go to a private school though?
    :yes:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Seriously though, what is wrong with weighing kids in schools? Might stop obesity in kids.

    It can be embarrassing as well. (as was a reactions test we did in Year 9)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sofie wrote:
    It can be embarrassing as well. (as was a reactions test we did in Year 9)

    But if it's done confidentially in the nurses office, who would know? I think it's a good idea.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    We used to get weighed for all sorts of things, medicals, health education lessons etc.

    The worst was a physics lesson were our teacher made us all all go up to the front of the class and get weighed and he shouted our weight out to everyone. Was awful!! I was an obese child and although it was hugely embarrasing it didn't make me diet. Fair enough weigh kids at school for medical reasons, but I don't think it's fair to do experiments like I've mentioned above.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    But if it's done confidentially in the nurses office, who would know? I think it's a good idea.

    as long as it was done in private it is fine. But the impression I got from the thread was that kids were queuing up and then the weights were being announced/written on the board.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I remember we did a body-fat content in P.E. I ended up with something pathetic like 12%. I was a right weed.

    I personally don't think that schools should be responsible for kids health. Okay they should educate them on it, and do plenty of P.E. but it's not their responsibility. There's also the problem that weight is not an indicator of health, and you might be making kids feel bad without good reason.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I remember we did a body-fat content in P.E. I ended up with something pathetic like 12%. I was a right weed.
    i was a skinny minny too :razz: i can actually remember weighing 4 stone
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think the idea of all kids having a medical at school is a good idea. Our school nurse was a joke, I only ever saw her on Injection Days. And she had a proper nasally voice. But that's beside the point.

    I agree with I'm With Stupid too- kids should be educated more on healthy eating.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    i was a skinny minny too :razz: i can actually remember weighing 4 stone
    In secondry school?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    In secondry school?
    naa in secondry school i was about 5 1/2 for a few years and then it went up to 6 1/2
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I remember we did a body-fat content in P.E. I ended up with something pathetic like 12%. I was a right weed.

    I personally don't think that schools should be responsible for kids health. Okay they should educate them on it, and do plenty of P.E. but it's not their responsibility. There's also the problem that weight is not an indicator of health, and you might be making kids feel bad without good reason.

    I did that and got 33% despite weighing 9 stone at the time.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i agree

    but i can't say i've ever had that problem


    but when i lived in new york the school i went to (elementary school ) used to weigh us in front of the class and they said it out loud to the person writing it...this made my friend and i angry :( when i moved to california my elementary school did it in private
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