Massachusetts Proposes Weighing, Measuring Students

Massachusetts is expanding anti-obesity efforts by requiring major restaurant chains to prominently post calorie counts for their fare either at the counter or on the menu.

The Patrick administration plan also includes height and weight measurements for all public school first-, fourth-, seventh-, and 10th-graders, to determine whether they are overweight. Results would be sent home to parents along with diet and exercise recommendations.

The Boston Globe reports that the administration is expected to announce its proposals Thursday. The plan goes before the Public Health Council next week, and member Dr. Alan Woodward says he expects broad support.

A final vote would follow a public comment period, and the rules could take effect in the fall.