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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:

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.