Elementary school WEIGHS its young students on scales in front of their peers to ‘address obesity’ – before publicly ranking 10-year-olds by their weight
- Primary school criticized for fat-shaming its students and ranking their weights
- Students were forced onto the scales before registering name and weight on board
- They were arranged to get the student to stop eating so that they would lose weight
A primary school has been criticized for making fun of its students and forcing them to weigh themselves in front of their peers.
The school, which has not been publicly named, allowed a teacher to bring a scale before the 10-year-old students had to weigh themselves one by one.
They then wrote their name and weight on the board before being ranked — prompting the heaviest student to stop eating so they could lose weight.
A primary school has been criticized for making fun of its students and forcing them to weigh themselves in front of their peers (stock image)
An outraged parent came forward with the gruesome details after learning about it from a friend whose child had developed the eating disorder.
Eating disorder aid organization Butterfly Foundation revealed that demand for its services has risen sharply in recent years.
Danni Rowlands, head of prevention, said eating disorders were developed by students as early as grades 4 through 6.
“School staff are more aware of students with body image issues… more students struggling with eating disorders,” she shared 7News.
“We are increasingly hearing reports of students expressing low self-esteem, not eating at school or feeling uncomfortable doing so in front of others, students who overeat and undereat and express a desire to burn calories. to count and eat from a young age. age.’
The school, which has not been publicly named, allowed a teacher to bring a scale before the 10-year-old students weighed themselves one by one (stock image)
Ms Rowlands warned that weighing children for each other was likely to cause more problems than tackling obesity.
Anxiety, restrictive diets and binge eating were among the problematic behaviors that could develop in children.
“There are many tools a teacher can use (for teaching activities) – a child’s body is not one of them,” said Ms Rowlands.