NHS UK regularly conducts a program to measure the body weight of children in the schools and sends the results through a letter to their parents.
In one such instance, Amelya Lyndsay, mother of Olivia became angry after finding that her 11-year-old had stopped eating because her school health instructor told her that she was overweight.
‘A 11-year-old girl refuses to eat for two days after school health team called her overweight.’
Olivia refused to eat for two days as her routine BMI test claimed her to be over the recommended BMI limit. Her mother was a nutritionist by profession and she explained her about BMI levels using her knowledge.
Amelya said, "It is unbelievable how much damage can be done by this program. We never eat processed foods as I am always really careful of our diets, having a background in nutrition.They never bothered to investigate what my background was, despite staff being aware of what I actually do for a living."
Olivia had a height of 5 ft 2 ins and her mother did not disclose Olivia's results but said her score was just over the 'healthy' BMI range for her age.
Olivia said, "I feel quite annoyed about it because it isn't that accurate and it's not that nice, I just felt really bad because I read the letter and was basically being called overweight by the NHS."