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NYC school: 66-pound girl is 'overweight'

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Gwendolyn Williams is a self-confident and healthy 9-year-old girl from Staten Island, which is why she was so surprised when a letter from the Department of Education called a FitnessGram described her as "overweight." The notices are part of a citywide program measuring students' body mass index.

She says she weighs 66 pounds and is 4 feet 1 inch tall and is perfectly healthy. Her BMI is 19, just outside the "average" criteria. The FitnessGram from P.S. 29 recommends she gets more exercise. Gwendolyn says she gets plenty.

The letters are handed to students across the district at the end of the year after the tests were done back in November. Kids aren't supposed to open them. But many, including Gwendolyn, simply couldn't resist. Laura, her mom, was furious, saying it could hurt a child's self-image. She says it's none of the school's business, but if the school must send the letters, then it should mail them.

The DOE told Fox 5 the testing is based on a national model. "FitnessGram notices are a longstanding tool that help families stay aware of weight and fitness as one part of an overall approach to ensuring their child's health."

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