I think so, but - I have to admit I didn't fully read the article - I'm not particularly sure who's in the right or wrong here.
It seems like doing anything but measuring the child is potentially going to lead to something like this, and it can be quite severe in some cases
Wouldn't that make for a pretty pointless screening program?
It's not so much that BMI is pretty much complete BS,
BMI is a proxy indicator, like all proxy indicators it is occasionally wron but it's still the best (simple) one available.
but more this idea that we have these weights we should or shouldn't be. Anyone who looks at that kid can tell you she's not overweight. It doesn't take a health expert to sort that one out,
But there is vast amounts of quantatative evidence to suggest that this is the gas, at least in health terms.
but what we now have- whether it's due to the parents or not - is a young girl who could possibly end up in a rough place due to what's gone on.
That's my problem with the story.
It is a difficult situation and it's not ideal that the girl be put in that position however conversely if no attempt at early intervention for overweight children is made then the resaults, in population terms and coining by current trends, would be much worse.