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Government bans the word 'obese' to describe overweight children
Times Online ^

Posted on 08/04/2008 1:13:20 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Government bans the word 'obese' to describe overweight children Obesity is a growing problem in the UK

Parents of primary school children will start getting letters in September telling them how fat their children are. But however much they weigh, no child will ever be described as obese.

The Department of Health has found in surveys that the term obese is a turn-off, so instead will use the term “very overweight” for those children whose body mass index exceeds 30, in an attempt to enlist parents’ support.

Primary care trusts have been given a detailed set of instructions, and a sample letter, explaining how to convey to parents the results of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Among other words not to be used is “exercise”. Dr Will Cavendish, Director of Health and Wellbeing at the department, said that this, too, conveyed an unhelpful image to parents. Being “physically active” is preferred.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bmi; england; fat; fatkids; language; nannystate; obese; obesechildren; obesity; uk; unitedkingdom
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how PC.........
1 posted on 08/04/2008 1:13:20 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

How long before the word “Overweight” is banned?


2 posted on 08/04/2008 1:15:36 PM PDT by Coffee200am ("We should all be living in mud huts and riding bicycles to avoid killing the polar bears..."/s)
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To: Coffee200am

++good!


3 posted on 08/04/2008 1:15:56 PM PDT by Coffee200am ("We should all be living in mud huts and riding bicycles to avoid killing the polar bears..."/s)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about fatty twits?...................


4 posted on 08/04/2008 1:16:09 PM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: Sub-Driver

"How about 'fat bastits?"

5 posted on 08/04/2008 1:16:29 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So I guess calling them “dump truck” is out too?


6 posted on 08/04/2008 1:17:40 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Sub-Driver
Overweight, plump, portly, stout, chubby, paunchy, beer-bellied, heavy, bulky, chunky, well-upholstered, well padded, well covered, meaty, fleshy, rotund, broad in the beam; informal tubby, pudgy, beefy, porky, roly-poly, blubbery, corn-fed, abdominous.

7 posted on 08/04/2008 1:18:22 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Sub-Driver

Larda$$ always works for me.


8 posted on 08/04/2008 1:18:48 PM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m waiting for “slightly overly caloried, malnourishedly challenged pre-adolescent,” or some other lenghty, yet really soft mannered way of describing obese children.


9 posted on 08/04/2008 1:20:25 PM PDT by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: Sub-Driver

More sensitive PC from an England circling the drain.


10 posted on 08/04/2008 1:20:57 PM PDT by alarm rider (Peace! through superior fire power....)
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To: Sub-Driver
Government bans the word 'obese' to describe overweight children

Henceforth..., the term "Gravity Challenged" will be required and all former references to such children will constitute "Hate Speech" and "Hate Thought" the MINISTRY OF TRUTH has decreed!!!

11 posted on 08/04/2008 1:23:30 PM PDT by ExSES (the "bottom-line")
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To: auboy

Larda$$ always works for me.

Me too.....


12 posted on 08/04/2008 1:23:59 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sub-Driver

How about “a beast”?


13 posted on 08/04/2008 1:24:23 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I am voting for McCain because he is white.)
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To: Sub-Driver

so what is the punishment for using a banned word?


14 posted on 08/04/2008 1:24:37 PM PDT by a real Sheila (Just say NObama!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Naturally non-anorexic.


15 posted on 08/04/2008 1:25:26 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Sub-Driver

Considering the situation AND location. . .

“double-plus weighted” ????


16 posted on 08/04/2008 1:25:26 PM PDT by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border: I dare you to try and cross it. . .)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I prefer “ham beast”. But that would upset the Mooselimbs...


17 posted on 08/04/2008 1:25:44 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Sub-Driver

Boy, is the UK on a downhill slide or what? We had better fight hard or we will soon be following.


18 posted on 08/04/2008 1:27:00 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Sub-Driver

In other news, the word “blimp” has been banned from the English language......


19 posted on 08/04/2008 1:28:12 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess “tubby little piglets” would be out of the question then...


20 posted on 08/04/2008 1:28:28 PM PDT by Nachum (Obama: creepy you can count on)
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To: Sub-Driver

I tried telling my vet my cat wasn’t fat, she was just fluffy. He looked me in the eye and said “No, she’s not fluffy, she’s fat. Put her on a diet.”


21 posted on 08/04/2008 1:30:13 PM PDT by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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To: Sub-Driver

just add a new category to the list ...

Slim ~ Reg. ~ Husky ~ W/Suspenders


22 posted on 08/04/2008 1:31:58 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why not just call them “pleasantly plump.”


23 posted on 08/04/2008 1:32:50 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Sub-Driver

24 posted on 08/04/2008 1:35:35 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obamuh uh uh uh uh uh uh ummmmmm)
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To: Sub-Driver

They’re not “fat”, they’re “hard to kidnap”.


25 posted on 08/04/2008 1:36:01 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Sub-Driver

fatass OK???


26 posted on 08/04/2008 1:44:52 PM PDT by Waco
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To: Coffee200am
How long before the word “Overweight” is banned?

Yep, the next word will be "Massive," or my favorite "GINORMO"

27 posted on 08/04/2008 1:47:24 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: tacticalogic

At least “hard to kidnap without a wheelbarrow”.


28 posted on 08/04/2008 1:49:06 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: Sub-Driver
First "cripple"
Then "fat".
Then "obese".
I suppose "stupid" is next...

Creative language at its finest.

29 posted on 08/04/2008 1:49:36 PM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Removing words from the English language is the cornerstone of Newspeak.


30 posted on 08/04/2008 1:51:55 PM PDT by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How split personality fits them better besides liar, cheats, thieves.


31 posted on 08/04/2008 1:53:10 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I suggest using the phrase “calorically gifted”.


32 posted on 08/04/2008 1:53:23 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: ari-freedom

33 posted on 08/04/2008 1:55:42 PM PDT by M203M4 (True Universal Suffrage: Pets of dead illegal-immigrant felons voting Democrat (twice))
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To: Sub-Driver

Why is a “National Child Measurement Programme” necessary?

Don’t they think the parents already know their kids are fat?


34 posted on 08/04/2008 2:00:25 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: Sub-Driver
Among other words not to be used is “exercise”. Dr Will Cavendish, Director of Health and Wellbeing at the department, said that this, too, conveyed an unhelpful image to parents.

Exercise? And, if the kid is flunking in school--"study" becomes a bad word?

35 posted on 08/04/2008 2:06:29 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about that stalwart phrase from long ago...”husky?”


36 posted on 08/04/2008 2:15:16 PM PDT by doodad
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To: Sub-Driver

My wife is an English expat, she loves stuff like this to remind her why she left.


37 posted on 08/04/2008 2:30:27 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Sub-Driver
"Government bans the word 'obese' to describe overweight children, but pork chop is still OK. "
38 posted on 08/04/2008 3:21:40 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Sub-Driver

bump


39 posted on 08/04/2008 5:21:33 PM PDT by lowbridge ("I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it" - Van Den Boogaard)
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To: Sub-Driver

Morbidly obese children will be referred to as very, very overweight. Good grief.


40 posted on 08/04/2008 5:23:54 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is “humongous porker” beyond the pale?


41 posted on 08/04/2008 7:29:56 PM PDT by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: Coffee200am

I guess we must fall back on lardo, corpulent, your heaviness, stout, plump, largeness, chunky, fatty, portly, tubby, flabby, pudgy, podgy, huge, enormous and hugemanitee.


42 posted on 08/04/2008 7:39:16 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Orationem pulchram non habens, scribo ista linea in lingua Latina.***)
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To: ari-freedom

Hercules! Herculees!


43 posted on 08/04/2008 7:42:35 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Sub-Driver

“I like to think of the little darlings as ‘veal’.”

44 posted on 08/04/2008 7:42:47 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: tacticalogic

LOL!!!!!!!


45 posted on 08/04/2008 7:43:32 PM PDT by Eaker (I am voting for McCain because he is white.)
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To: ari-freedom

“Follow your dreams. You can reach your goals! I’m living proof! Beefcake! BEEFCAKE!”

46 posted on 08/04/2008 7:44:49 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Sub-Driver

How about the classic - big boned’d.


47 posted on 08/04/2008 7:45:38 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Sub-Driver

The truth will really hit home when they have to waddle with their mommy to the prom.


48 posted on 08/04/2008 7:46:13 PM PDT by Eaker (I am voting for McCain because he is white.)
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To: Sub-Driver

O.B.City ~ not a happy place


49 posted on 08/04/2008 9:49:08 PM PDT by b9
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To: Sub-Driver

Obese is a medical condition, as in morbidly obese.


50 posted on 08/05/2008 4:17:47 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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