A recent study has found that high school weight screening may not be enough to curb obesity in teens and get them on tract toward a healthy weight.
Obesity rates among teens are soaring. In Arkansas, a screening program was implemented in 2003, and alerts were sent from schools to parents of overweight children. However, students screened early in high school and again in junior and senior year did not appear to have any benefits over students who were exempt from screening.
The screening measures in Arkansas have been both popular and controversial. There is no evidence to support further use. Nationally, teen obesity rates have more than quadrupled in 30 years according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Schools have a role in child health because of their control over food and kids activities during the day. But the effectiveness of which school based interventions help the most are not clear.