11-year-old athlete sent home with so-called "fat letter"

CREATED Oct. 8, 2013

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Naples, FL (KTNV) -- A mother is fighting back after her 11-year-old daughter came home from school with a so-called "fat letter."

It basically labeled her daughter as overweight.

Lilly Grasso is on the school volleyball team and eats healthy foods. So she was stunned when Florida health officials sent a letter suggesting she's fat.

"This whole thing is stupid, it's not useful. It can hurt people," said Lilly.

The so-called fat letter is the result of a body mass index (BMI) screening, administered by officials at Lilly's school.

In a bid to combat childhood obesity, similar screening programs have been embraced by schools in 19 states.

But eating disorder experts worry the screenings do more harm than good.

Florida officials refused to speak on camera about Lilly's report but in a statement said the screenings, "Provide valuable information to parents and help ensure that students are healthy and ready to learn."

As for Lilly, she said she hasn't let the letter affect her and has learned an important lesson: Be confident in everything and never give up.

Locally, the Clark County School District said there are 42 schools in the district doing BMI testing and only students at certain grade levels are getting measured.

The results are confidential between the students and their teacher, and a parent must consent before it's done.