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Boy Scouts ban obese kids from national Jamboree

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WEST VIRGINIA (WKOW) -- About 30,000 Boy Scouts and 7,000 adults are taking part in the National Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia right now, but they all had to be at a body mass index below 40.

The Boy Scouts of America required that no one, adult or child, with a BMI of 40 or above could be accepted into the Jamboree. The organization says it's not safe for obese children and adults to participate in the physical activities, like hiking, zip-lining, and rock climbing.

According to CNN, Deron Smith, the director of public relations for Boy Scouts of America, says this standard was in place for last year's jamboree too. The organization says it offers "thousands" of other summer camp experiences that do not have this requirement.

Children with a BMI of 32 to 39.9 are considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children who fall in that range can participate, but have special requirements for the jamboree, according to the Boy Scouts' website.
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