School mails out "fat letters" home with students

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North Andover, MA - Cameron Watson isn't just a strong athlete,  he's also a tough 4th grader, who didn't let a 'fat letter' home get him down.

"I know I'm not obese so I don't really care about the letter I just crumpled it up."

Letters like this one are going to plenty of homes throughout the commonwealth:

"The department of public health says 32 percent of our students have a body mass index that shows they're overweight or obese," and these letters are supposed to be a helpful tool for parents.

Cam's dad says they're a waste; they don't take into account muscle mass.

"No one wants get a letter being told they are obese that's a very strong, uncomfortable word and we just didn't see it fitting with our son. He's very active, he's very strong."

While Cam continues to wrestle in elite clubs, his mom, a selectwoman in north Andover, is working with state representatives to stop these fat letters.

For Cam, he says he has the self-esteem to overlook a label, but he's more worried about his friends who might not be as strong.

"I don't like that my friends like their feelings are getting hurt."

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is also sending letters home to students who are underweight.

The department says all families have the option of not having their children screened for their body mass index.

WHDH via CNN Newssource

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