Like the Massachusetts DPH, I’ve never met Cameron. But I did see a video of him doing pushups and sit-ups. He appeared to be of average height and he didn’t seem to have a beer belly, love handles or more than one chin.
The Massachusetts DPH defended its practice of using statistics as a health indicator, citing yet another statistic that found 32.3 percent of Massachusetts children fall into the overweight or obese category.
“Helping children maintain a healthy weight may prevent serious illness later in life,” a spokeswoman declared. “BMI screenings are intended to raise parents’ awareness about this issue.”
Regardless of age, obesity definitely is a major topic these days. Government agencies are addressing it with the same intensity they once used to root out Communists.
But sometimes obesity is in the eye of the beholder. Or in the eye of a government agency. And sometimes, perhaps, statistics are the ones that are given too much weight.
I went online to check my weight, so I could be prepared if the state of Ohio ever decides to take on the issue of obese grandfathers. According to one site my BMI was “marginal” and, according to another I was too heavy if I weighed more than 173 pounds.
When I stepped on the scale this morning, I weighed 175.
I hope the state of Ohio doesn’t send my parents a letter.