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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

What would you do if your kids got their weight tested at school and were then singled out for being overweight?

It happened inside one South Carolina school, and parents became angry because their children were later teased. 

The principal at North District Middle School apologized after they singled out 40 students over the intercom who had high body mass indexes (BMI).

Even though they didn't specify why they were being called to the cafeteria, other kids later found out why their names were called, and they labeled it as the "fat kids meeting." 

The school's principal has since apologized, but the program was also done here in the Upstate.

Upstate physician Dr. Todd Roemmich at Parkside Pediatrics in Greenville offers this advice for parents of overweight children. 

"Parents should approach it from a family perspective. We don't want a child to feel self conscious about their weight," he said. 

Dr. Roemmich said the BMI is the standard way to measure overweight and obesity. He said you can talk about the number and work on getting that number to a healthier way rather than focus on the number on the scale.

He also said it takes into consideration the child's height. 

NOTE: DHEC told FOX Carolina that the study conducted in the Upstate has no connection to a BMI study conducted by another, unaffiliated group in the Lowcountry. FOX Carolina incorrectly reported that information on-air. We apologize for the error and any confusion this caused.

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