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Governor Snyder Wants To Track Childhood Obesity

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In order to fight childhood obesity, Governor Rick Snyder wants doctors to start reporting the body fat levels of children under 18-years-old to a government registry. Snyder is hoping this information will allow officials to track down the problem and try to to cut down the obesity rates before kids become in adults.

In a Reuters report, Snyder said he wants doctors to report the body mass index to the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, which tracks immunization records of state residents. He believes this is going to help solve the problem and obesity researchers are supporting him because they think this is a good step in the right direction in the fight against obesity.

Snyder said 67% of Michigan adults are overweight and it’s putting a strain on finances. Do you think making doctors report the BMI to a registry will help fight childhood obesity or do you think he’s over stepping and trying to get too much of the government involved?

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