Resources for Weighing and Measuring Children in Schools
The number of overweight children in
the United States (and in North Dakota) is increasing, which has caused many
schools to consider measuring heights, weights and body mass index of their
students. If your school elects to weigh and measure students, the Healthy
Weight Council has recommended that you protect each child’s positive body image
and self-esteem. With this in mind, the Healthy Weight Council has provided, “Weighing
and Measuring Students in School Settings: A Position Paper”. This
paper provides direction and insight into the issues and efficacy of taking
height and weight measurements in schools. Distribution of the document is
intended to help educate school staff in the process of weighing and measuring
students. School staff may include and are not limited to, school nurses, school
counselors, physical education teachers, family and consumer science teachers,
nutritionists, dietitians and others.
Weighing and Measuring Students in School Settings: A Position Paper is posted at
Read the Executive Statement for Weighing and Measuring Students
in School Settings: A Position Paper at
To help create environments that have the potential to improve the health of
all who learn and work in schools, the North Dakota Healthy Weight Council is
pleased to provide toolkits for school personnel, parents, students and the
Click here to view the toolkits.
For more information, Guidelines for Collecting Heights and Weights on Children and Adolescents in School Settings
These guidelines were developed by the University of California Berkeley, Center for Weight and Health, College of Natural Resources http://cwh.berkeley.edu/sites/greeneventsguide.org.cwh/files/
Teachers, make sure you are not contributing to weight bias in children.