The Federal Fat Police: Bill Would Require Government to Track Body Mass of American Children

Thursday, May 13, 2010By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

A bill introduced this month in Congress would put the federal and state governments in the business of tracking how fat, or skinny, American children are.

Section 101 of the bill amends the Public Health Services Act by stating that health care providers must record the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. "The provision relates to all children in states that accept grants under the bill," a spokesperson for Rep. Kind told "However, it is important to note that no one is forced to come in for a doctor's visit to get their BMI tested. BMI will be taken at times when the child makes an otherwise scheduled doctor's visit."