Our expert says:
Thanks for the reminder. Apologies for the late reply from my side, computer's hard drive crashed over the weekend and I have been catching up on lost information since.
Nobody I know has a concrete idea of what this test might involve. I suspect it's an "in-house" thing, perhaps developed for adults and now being applied to children. I guess if you were particularly curious, you might consider having it done on yourself, which would at least confirm that their test works on both adults and children, in which case it's not valid!
I've spoken to a few experts in the area of children's health, and there are some standardized fitness-type tests that can be done - we (UCT, that is) recently developed a series of tests for primary school children to do - it involved throwing a ball, jumping, some sprints, a standing long jump, catching etc. The purpose of this study was to develop a set of standards or baselines for comparison purposes, that could be used in future to assess children's development, not health. The point is, these tests were all done in a fun way, and the bigger purpose was to try to identify whether children were on the right DEVELOPMENT path, not so much whether they were fit and healthy. That suggests to me that trying to pinpoint health is a moving target, and no questionnaire can do it.
So I'm pretty satisfied that they're probably not using a validated questionnaire, and therefore from a "scientific" point of view, i'd say you have a right to say no to the test. If it was a valid assessment, it might be different of course, and who knows, maybe it is?
As for your course of action, apart from the battle to convince the school of your reluctance, i do think that a basic dietary consult where perhaps you and your daughter commit to both having it assessed would be good. That way, it's not like she's under the microscope, and hey, it would be a nice mother-daughter bonding thing to make some small changes in diet together! You'd help each other that way.
As for fitness, common sense goes a long way. Children should play as much as possible and of course, doing school sports is a key part of growing up, I guess, so you should just encourage her participation, and that would be a big step in the right direction.
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