Earlier this year, North Andover Selectman Tracy Watson raised concerns about the notifications -- since dubbed the "fat letters" -- after her son Cameron received a letter saying he was obese. Cameron is an athlete who plays football, wrestles and excels in martial arts.
Watson discussed the issue with state Rep Jim Lyons, who then filed legislation to stop the the notifications, which have caused outrage among parents who say the program violates privacy, causes bullying and is ineffective since pediatricians already discuss weight issues with parents.
Recently, Gov. Patrick's administration proposed a new rule that would lift requirements of schools to notify parents of their children's BMI. This new development means the school won't be sending those letters out at all.
"Cameron, Matt and I are so very pleased that the Public Health Council today voted to stop the practice of sending home 'fat letters' to families across the commonwealth!" Watson said.
"These letters have caused more harm than good let alone the cost of them to taxpayers. It is always refreshing to see common sense prevail in government! We are also sincerely grateful for all the support we have received from our local legislative delegation in particular Rep. Jim Lyons as well as all our friends, family, neighbors and other supporters throughout the state! A true win for all!" she said.