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Published:February 9th, 2007 05:19 EST
Obesity Report Card Program Failing

Obesity Report Card Program Failing

By Krista Belles

The state of Arkansas recently adopted an obesity report card program. The program included weigh-ins at school and a report card sent home to parents to warn them of the risks for overweight children.

Though health officials point to a slight drop in the state's childhood obesity rate since the program began, that program may be dropped or weakened.

Governor Mike Beebe has stated that the report cards have "a lot of negative consequences", and have hurt some chilren's self esteem. Governor Beebe is in favor of keeping the program in place, but allowing voluntary parental termination and fewer weigh-ins.

Since the adoption of the plan in Arkansas, several states have followed suit, including California, Florida, and Pennsylvania.