Jeremy Vine, host of the aptly named British Talk Show, “Jeremy Vine,” recently tweeted:
“Should schools weigh pupils to make sure they shift the pounds they’ve put on during the lockdown?
Health experts want two weigh-ins in September and then in the spring to keep kids on track. But could this just create a generation of calorie counters? #JeremyVine”
There was almost no support for the idea among the replies, which I think shows good progress in terms of the way that we talk about children’s weight and health (which are two separate things). But the fact that it was a topic in the first place indicates that the work is not yet done.
In my latest piece for The Mighty I wrote about all the reasons why this is a completely terrible idea:
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