In 2011, all Massachusetts public schools began measuring the height and weight of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 and using those figures to calculate their Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a screening tool used to help school nurses assess if a child has a healthy weight compared to other children of the same age and sex. These results are communicated to the parents or guardians of each student screened.
Children with a high BMI are more likely to become overweight or obese adults and be at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Helping children maintain a healthy weight may prevent serious illness later in life.
View the current results from the Body Mass Index Screening in Massachusetts Public School Districts:
- The Status of Childhood Weight in Massachusetts, 2011 file size 7MB
- BMI Success Story 2012: Mass in Motion Communities Show Significant Decreases in Childhood Obesity Rates
For more information about BMI screening in schools please visit our School Health Screening page.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.