Skip to comments.Parents of fat children to be given a warning
Posted on 10/24/2007 6:30:40 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
Parents of 5-year-olds are to be sent official warning letters if their child is found to be obese, as part of a national programme to weigh children in schools.
Ministers are bracing themselves for charges that they will stigmatise fat children when they publish proposals next month to tackle rising levels of obesity, The Times has learnt.
Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary, is understood to have been persuaded that it is in childrens best interest if their weight is brought formally to the attention of their parents.
The routine weighing of primary school pupils was reintroduced in England and Wales two years ago in response to obesity fears. The National Child Measurement programme aims to collect data on every child twice, when they start school and when they leave. Parents of 5 and 10-year-olds can request the measurements but are not informed automatically, even if the child is severely overweight.
The weighing programme was criticised after its first year when ministers admitted that participation levels had been so low that the statistics were all but useless.
Rates for the past year, however, are much improved, with measurements for almost a million children collected and every primary care trust in England and Wales taking part. From the next school year parents will be encouraged to request measurements and will be directed to a new website helping them to calculate how much their children should weigh.
Mr Johnson is preparing to go farther and insist that all parents are sent the information as a matter of course. He toughened his stance last week in a Commons statement on a report that gave warning that 60 per cent of men, 50 per cent of women and 26 per cent of children and young people would be obese by 2050, based on current trends.
The Foresight report laid bare the life-threatening consequences for children growing up fat, predicting a 70 per cent rise in type 2 diabetes, 30 per cent in strokes and a 20 per cent rise in coronary disease. The heightened risk of such conditions is estimated to reduce life expectancy by as much as 13 years.
A recent report by the Commons Health Select Committee went even further, suggesting that a generation of children would die before their parents if obesity was not addressed. The report envisaged a doomsday scenario where thousands would lose limbs and sight.
Mr Johnson said that children would continue to be the focus the national obesity plan when he announced it last week. More than 80 per cent of obese 10 to 14-year-olds remain obese into adulthood, he said.
Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green, the independent advocate for children, said last year that telling parents their children were too fat risks stigmatising those who are overweight.
But in a sign of shifting attitudes, the Office of the Childrens Commissioner said last night that obesity was rising so fast it would give the measure a cautious welcome.
Claire Phillips, its policy director, said: Our concern is that parents are given help in the form of a package of support to help them make the necessary changes to lifestyle.
A Department of Health spokesman said: The programme is a vital part of engaging with children and families about healthy lifestyles and weight issues. We need to take this farther and help parents to understand the importance of healthy weight for their family.
The solution is to abolish socialized medicine in Great Britain. Then obesity will only be a problem for the obese child, which is as it should be.
If they’re really concerned about obesity = publish the truth about this and other sugar substitutes in these foods...and educate the public about...but why do that when they have another excuse to go after parents?
the main reason manufacturers switched to HFCO is it’s high shelf life - lasts longer on the super market shelves, more money - always follow the money
well they can simply say that if the parents don’t do anything about the obesity, their kids will just be denied government health care and must turn to private sector.
sugar is still sugar and the brits always had a problem with too much of it.
A visitor to England in 1598 said of the sixty-four-year-old Queen Elizabeth that her “teeth [were] black, a defect the English seem subject to from their too great use of sugar.”
Glad you brought up the subject of the poor dental condition of the English. I predict - there will be no cries of racism or bigotry from Anglo-American FReepers for our innate sense of superiority and confidence - requires a few bum spankings once in a while -it keeps us humble.
Now you can start spanking the Jews, the Irish, the French, the Scots, the Hispanics, the Asians and the Africans. Go ahead;)
no don’t go there. This is just what happens when you eat too much sugar and the Brits just happen to like it more than other groups.
An earlier post/thread mentioned that Brittain’s NHS is recommending pregnant women give birth at home with midwives. It turns out that hospitals can’t afford birthing facilities and needs. I wonder if they’ve figured out that there’s no cash for anything?
Are they next going to send people official notice that they’re stupid?
Well, there should be no more complaining about the Norman Conquest from 1066. William didn’t screw Great Britain over half as bad as Great Britain has done herself.
Dentistry has made great strides since 1598. Even in Britain!
A few others left already .......
Well at least I can know that I come by my dental troubles honestly.
And how many of the ministers and other various FAT adult government employees will similarly be warned and/or punished for being obese?
This crap that they pester children with that they would never subject their own fat asses to INFURIATES me.
This is just another step in the Facism of the Socialists of England.
soon they will be telling you where to work, what to eat, what to think,what to say.....
you gutless brits have all lost your Clackers.
Limey Bitches all.
Oh,.. and Nice dental work.
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What a flaming bunch of hypocrites liberals are! If they really cared about public health then they wouldn't be taking children out of foster care for the sole reason that they wouldn't promote homosexuality to an 11 yr old boy...even though the medical findings are very clear that homosexuals have a SIGNIFICANTLY shorter lifespan due to their homosexual lifestyle...typically dying somewhere in their 40's.
When I see an obese 5 year old (in the US) they usually look like a smaller version of their obese parent or sometimes both parents.
Sometimes yes, but obesity is measured in ways that are not accurate. If they use the BMI, then many children will be labeled obese that are perfectly healthy, leading to more eating disorders and teasing.
Take this example (my son):
13-year old boy
5’ 11”, 220 pounds
Yes ... by BMI he’s obese. But his body fat is only 11%. He’s very active ... 2.5-3 hours of sports every day of the week. So when the school in health class weighed everyone and had them figure out their BMI and what “class” they fell in ... he was “obese”, and all the kids knew it. In no way does he need to lose weight, or change his diet or exercise program.
When the smoking Nazis started to run out of smokers, they became obesity Nazis. You must comply to their statistics and methods ... the truth and consequences be damned.
As far as your son, he sounds like he is going to be a big man and lots of boys go through a chubby stage just before puberty. Girls will be coming into his life soon and I’ll bet he sheds the extra pounds.
“Dear Sir or Madam
“Please either put your child on a diet or have him/her branded.”
How long will it take for that to be:
"Dear Sir or Madam:
Please re-educate your child about global warming, homosexuality, and the benefits of higher taxes or he will be sent to a state school for remedial education."