A concerned Florida mom has lashed out at the state after her slim, sporty daughter was sent home with a letter from school saying she was “overweight.”

At 5-foot-5, Lily Grasso, is one of the tallest in her class and a healthy, 124-pound youngster who likes to play volleyball.

But Naples Middle School sent the 11-year-old a “fat letter,” mistakenly citing Lily’s BMI of 22 and labeling her as overweight.

But the Collier County Health Department recorded Lily’s height as two inches shorter than she actually is — making the number inaccurate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Lily’s baffled and upset mom Kristen Grasso said she is worried about how these mistakes could affect young girls’ body image:

“Lily is tall, athletic, solid muscle — by no means is she overweight. My concern is kids that see the results of this test that may be classified as overweight that aren’t, and the self-esteem issues that they may get,” the mom of three said.

The health screenings are used in many states as a way of combating childhood obesity.

They are compulsory under Florida law, but parents can opt out.


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  • I have never liked the BMI charts. It just a chart that makes it where there is no gray in between.

  • MimiLuvs


    Here’s the funny thing, I know plenty of schools that had erased their PE programs (as well as recess). The kids have to sit in the cafeteria.

  • Kam

    I don’t know why BMI continues to be used when it’s not accurate. The girl is tall and muscular, of course she’s going to weigh more! Muscle is heavier than fat.

  • SK

    This happened to me in elementary school…20 years ago; I was 7. I’ve always been tall and lean. The school, also in Florida, stated it was a mistake. SMH.