Letter from GP asking me to record my children's height and weight and send them the information
I don't want my dds weighed
They are 11 & 13, 13 year old is obsessive about food, verging on too thin and probably wouldn't agree anyway -I do not want to be creating issues when their weights are fine my sister was anorexic so I'll admit now I may be overly touchy about this
Plus home scales (which i don't have) and me measuring them against the door frame is hardly going to be accurate is it!
It seems an odd request. I bet it's to work out their BMI but i though GP's just did this for adults and not children. Children have their BMI's done by the school nurse in year 6. YABU. There is no point if, as you say, it won't be accurate and what is the point in upsetting your DDs just for the GPs targets?
You could just ignore it. I would - I have never owned scales and I have no intention of buying any now (I also have a 13 year old who is touchy about her weight).
Its unreasonable to ask for data without telling people how it will be used. And it's a bit bloody stupid to collect and record data using a method that is going to result in an unreliable data set anyway.
I'd just give a rough guess for each unless you think it'll get back to the girls. In Germany my new Gyn. wanted this info - I didn't know it off hand so she just had me stand up and guessed. Presumably she could tell I wasn't excessively fat or thin so didn't care about accuracy.
They will need height and weight if ever prescribing medication for the children but, until that moment comes, it's only a request that you can choose to ignore or you could ask for further info as to what the data is for.