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The Student Body
85-minutes
Coined the 'Fat Letters' by students, states around the country have begun mandating schools to send notification letters to kids whose body mass index (BMI) doesn’t fall within a narrowly “acceptable” range.  When a determined sixth­grader in Ohio voices her protest against the letters, student journalist Bailey Webber is inspired to take her fight to the highest levels of government. THE STUDENT BODY is a true underdog story of two brave girls who take a stand against government intrusion and hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths of the childhood obesity debate.
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The Student Body

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The Student Body

In an effort to address the obesity problem among American youth, lawmakers in dozens of states have passed controversial mandates forcing schools to perform BMI tests on students. What soon followed sparked a heated national debate.
Coined the ‘Fat Letters’ by students, notification letters were sent to kids whose body mass did not fall within a narrowly acceptable range; essentially telling children, even as young as kindergarteners, that they are fat.

When a determined sixth­grader in Ohio voices her protest against the letters, student journalist Bailey Webber is inspired to take up her fight. Convinced that her fellow students are being unfairly profiled and bullied by the government, Bailey’s investigation soon turns into a battle of wills between herself and the bureaucrats who passed the law.

THE STUDENT BODY is a true underdog story of two brave girls who take a stand against government intrusion and hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths of the childhood obesity debate.

Filmmaker Notes:

Bailey Webber is a student investigative journalist, writer and co­director of The Student Body. Her story of courage and activism has been featured in numerous articles. She has been honored by the National Association of University Women for her advocacy work, is an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association as well as Proud to Be Me in which she has written several articles, blogs, and has participated in panel discussions.

Bailey is also an up and coming public speaker and has appeared as a guest on several television and radio shows.  The Student Body is her directorial debut.

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