My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.
Nowadays, simply knowing how much you weigh isn't enough information to be as healthy as you can be. You need to know your height, since the relationship of weight to height is critically important in determining your overall health.
In a world of high-stakes measures, this one really takes the cake. Until this week, an elementary school has been using students' Body Mass Index measurements as part of their physical fitness grades.
While Obama outline ways in which the American people have already made and continue to make sacrifices, he's missed out on the opportunity to ask for a sacrifice of time, energy, and our excess weight.