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    Filed at 6:21 am under by dcobranchi

    A busybody in the state legislature has been busy studying kids’ bodies. He wants to study HEKs’ bodies, too.

    Concerned by estimates that half of Oklahomans are overweight, a state legislator said Tuesday he will file legislation requiring students to be checked annually to identify possible weight problems.

    All students 16 years and younger would be required to have a screening to check their body mass indexes, said state Rep. Richard Morrissette.

    Students would be weighed and measured, and the BMI data would be used to determine whether they have excess fat or are underweight.

    The cost for scales and other equipment is estimated to be less than $3 million, said Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City.

    Students in public schools would be checked during the school year. Arrangements would be made for homeschooled students also to be screened, Morrissette said.


    However, if parents don’t work with school and health officials, the matter could be turned over to the state Department of Human Services for possible investigation, he said.

    Y’all know what to do. Hit the phones.

    7 Responses to “HEADS UP: OK”

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    November 19th, 2008
    at 9:06 am

    I think this is a great idea!

    The State of OK will demand that all of their citizens be a healthy weight.

    Many are overweight. Maybe including Morrissette who doesn’t look all that slim.

    So the schools will be required to screen the kids. But why stop there? Start with Morrissette and screen all the state’s employees — starting with legislators but including teachers and everyone else.

    Then a huge number will be found to be overweight. Terrific.

    Now, revamp the school system’s science and health education departments to include all that stuff you thought your kid was supposed to learn about nutrition but apparently isn’t.

    But, most importantly, require that all these kids and adults (some are employees and can be forced to participate and the rest are just kids who can have their diplomas held over their heads to force them) to go to their doctors and have personalized diet and exercise programs drawn up, monitored, etc. This will have to include nutritional information but much more — exercise classes of a wide variety, time for gym in school, yoga before and after work for the adults, swimming pools for those who can’t do high impact activities, psychological counseling for those who need it, etc.

    Now, you say that your state employees have some medical coverage but it doesn’t cover all of this? You say the kids’ families don’t all have insurance that covers this? Or any insurance at all?

    No problem.

    This is a state mandate, damn it!

    Health insurance — with all the bells and whistles — for everyone.

    I love it when a plan comes together!


    Comment by
    W. Moore
    November 21st, 2008
    at 2:14 am

    What makes this more interesting this rep. is doing this while he’s been running hearings in the last few months, (closed to the public) regarding a wide range of DHS related issues that relate to violations and problems which have resulted in abuses and deaths of children. It now appears instead of real problems being addressed we will have new legislation to extend the reach of OKDHS.

    Comment by
    November 21st, 2008
    at 6:25 pm

    I think we should all sign a petition forcing buttwipes like Morrisette to prove they are living a healthy lifestyle and are a perfect weight and in perfect health before they field holier-than-thou legislation based on their ideas of what people SHOULD do healthwise.

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    November 22nd, 2008
    at 8:10 am

    Here’s the real reason moms ought to be outraged — the next step after testing the kids, is testing US.

    I remembered this story from TX a couple of years back; there was some guy who wrote a fancy proprietary software program for BMI diagnosis of kids that he was peddling to state legislators, trying to get it mandated in public schools. Hey, that’s just good business right? (If Joe the Plumber came up with some pipe-flushing technique for public schoolkids and got it mandated, he’d find out what the highest tax bracket feel like . . .)

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    November 22nd, 2008
    at 8:21 am

    Is this it, the Fitnessgram system?

    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    November 22nd, 2008
    at 8:32 am

    Fitnessgram in the News
    Fitnessgram FAQ for Parents

    Comment by
    November 22nd, 2008
    at 10:04 am

    Don’t let’s forget that they can set “normal” at whatever they please.