Let’s All Weigh In

When I was in elementary school, we were all weighed quarterly throughout the school year. I remember they would set up the scales in the hallway, and we would line up against the wall to wait our turn. To some, being weighed wasn’t a big deal. To me it most definitely was a big deal because I was a big kid. I remember getting into a squabble in fourth grade while waiting for the quarterly humiliation. The topic? Whether I was the fattest girl in the class or if another girl took the title.

So recently I was thinking, thank goodness they don’t do that to children anymore. Then I saw an article that informed me that some schools do indeed still have weigh-ins. Once I started to dig around, I found many articles debating the merits of this practice. Here is a quick summary of the pros and cons:


  • Obesity is a health issue and should be monitored
  • Obesity can lead to a variety of other health problems and weigh-ins will alert parents to these potential issues.
  • The data can be used to locate trends and possible environmental issues linked to obesity.



  • Weigh-ins can cause students to become obsessed with their weight, jump starting eating disorders.
  • It’s embarrassing to be singled out for your weight.
  • The emphasis should be on healthy habits and not on weight.


I’m sure you can guess how I feel about school weigh-ins. What are your thoughts?


7 thoughts on “Let’s All Weigh In

  1. I agree with Darcie Kvasnicka. If the child chooses to share the information with other students that is his/her choose. I can see that weigh ins private or not can have advantages and disadvantages.

  2. My grandchildren have weigh ins for their sports and must retain a certain weight to be able to participate. However I think any other weight in shoild be done privately maybe in the nurses office.

  3. Even weight watchers weighs you behind a screen so the info is between you, the other person, and God! How horrible for it to be public! Kids can be cruel. period.

  4. Privately, most definitely! I was one of those “chubby” little girls and would rather have climbed under a rock than let others know my weight.

  5. I, too, had to periodically step on the scales at school in front of everyone. It still haunts me. Although I see the value in it, I think it should be, and hopefully is, done more privately.

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