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School measuring body mass index in class; parent upset

Posted at 1:50 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 13:50:31-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A student said the Indianapolis middle school he attends told him he was overweight, and the father of the student is unhappy.

The student attends Raymond Park Middle School and is on the Autism spectrum. Recently, somebody at the school measured his body mass index -- the ratio of your height to your weight. 

Michael Bostick said he had no idea his 12-year-old son's health information would be collected during gym class.

"I don't think it belongs in a school - this something that needs to be done with your doctor," Bostick said. 

He said his son has high anxiety and other obsessive traits. He said it can be difficult for the 12-year-old to interpret new information. Now Bostick is worried about his son getting bullied. 

A spokesperson for Warren Township Schools says it's part of an overall fitness evaluation and students are given a receipt with information on their BMI, their body fat percentage and other indicators of their fitness. 

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