(Original post by rainbow.panda)
"To all outward appearances Logan Knowles is a healthy, active little boy. The football-mad four-year-old loves nothing more than kicking a ball about in the garden after school, and if he’s not practising his goal-scoring skills then he’s usually to be found tearing around on his bike.
So imagine his mother Stefanie’s shock — and outrage — when in January this year she received a letter from the NHS saying her son was ‘clinically obese’ and warning that he was at risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
‘I was absolutely furious — there’s nothing of him,’ Stefanie says. ‘If anything, he is skinny for his age. He still wears clothing labelled for a three-year-old, although he is nearly five. There’s not an extra ounce of fat on his body — sometimes you can see his ribs.’
The letter arrived after Logan was weighed at school as part of the controversial National Child Measurement Programme, which started in 2005 and assesses the heights and weights of children in their first and last years of primary school.
As a result, hundreds of ordinary-looking children, like Logan, have received letters informing them they are overweight or obese, an often distressing experience for both child and parents.
Logan is 3ft 3in tall, and at 2st 12lb is a mere three pounds outside the recommended weight range for his peers. But at such a young age, that tiny difference makes an immense difference to his BMI, putting him on the 99th centile.
For adults, BMI is measured by dividing weight in kilograms by height in metres squared. But the calculation for children is different. It begins the same way, but the result is then compared with others of the same age and sex to calculate the child’s ‘centile’ — or position relative to others on a scale of one to 100."
If you happen to be tall or you're muscular you're going to weigh more but this doesn't mean that you're overweight and obese.
It's the same at the other end of the scale too. I'm 19 and before I went on the pill at 17 I weighed about 7 stone. At 5 foot 2 my BMI was about 17.5 and that is classed as underweight. My doctor told me to put on weight, I was appalled because I was perfectly healthy. I'm short and naturally small framed so of course I'm going to be light. I was 5 stone at 12 years old, and 6 stone when I was 13. I'm now 7 stone 10 and only just in the "healthy weight" range with a BMI of 19.5. I think a new system is needed because the BMI system doesn't work.