Obese Boy Scouts will be banned from the organization’s annual jamboree this year if they don’t meet certain BMI criteria. The Boy Scouts of America say they instituted this measure to motivate their members to lose weight.
A spokesman for BSA issued the following statement to ABC News:
“Teaching scouts and scouters how to live a sustainable life, which includes a healthy lifestyle, and the health of our participants are important goals of the jamboree. We published our height weight requirements years in advance and many individuals began a health regimen to lose weight and attend the jamboree. But, for those who couldn’t, most self-selected and chose not to apply.”
What do you think: is this a good way to motivate kids, or unfair and exclusionary? Let us know in the comments below.
Watch Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian from The Young Turks talk about the controversial new rule: