Schools are starting across the country and many lawmakers are weighing the risks and benefits of measuring students' body mass index and reporting the results to parents.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 17 percent of children and teens in the country are obese.

And the American Academy of Pediatrics last week stated that measuring children's BMI in school and reporting their weight to parents is necessary in fighting the obesity epidemic.

That leads us to tonight's sound off topic: should Washington collect the BMIs of its students and send home "fat letters" to parents?