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Summary: The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) banned kids and adults with a BMI of 40 or above from participating in the Jamboree camp. BSA believes the activities will not be fun for obese children and that it will keep everyone safe. BSA states that the simplest solution is for the children to lose excess weight prior to the Jamboree. This has caused a media outrage.

Think About:
– Is this a discriminatory policy?
– Is BMI an accurate measurement of capability and obesity?
– How will such policies affect public views on weight loss?
– How are obese BSA children affected in the long run?

 

 

 

Original Article, For More Information: 
http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/19/health/boy-scouts-bmi

Opinion Articles, For More Information:
1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katja-rowell-md/boy-scouts-could-use-fitn_b_3617834.html
2. http://boards.medscape.com/forums/?128@@.2a58c84e!comment=1

 

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