September 15, 2011

The Next Step in Tackling Childhood Obesity?

On September 15, 2011, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced that Michigan would now be tracking the BMI of schoolchildren across the state through the Michigan Care Improvement Registry. The system is designed to encourage pediatricians to calculate patients' BMI and report back to the state through the registry, which currently tracks immunization records. The children's identities will not be entered, only BMI scores.

Physician training on obesity and how to address obesity with patients and their families is not part of the program, but rather up to the discretion of the physician. Further discussion centers around whether or not BMI is truly an accurate measure of obesity. Would this be enough of an impetus for patient/pediatrician/parent discussion or, ultimately, lifestyle change?

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Posted by Staff at 02:16 PM
Category: Michigan; children; obesity

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