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Malaysia's Schools Want Students To Slim Down

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Grades these days have gone way beyond As, Bs and Fs. Now a grade-schooler might get a D for developing, and that's a good thing. In Malaysia, students could potentially see an O for obese. Schools across Malaysia are assessing students on their weight. It's part of a government plan to curb obesity, which could mean that aspiring valedictorians would need to hit the gym, even as they hit the books.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.