Thursday, 5 January 2012
Are your children overweight? Do you live in Tameside? If so, you may be in danger of losing them
Tameside Council in Greater Manchester recently took two children into care on the grounds of their excessive obesity. One of them is only five years old and is the youngest child ever to be taken from its family and into care for this reason.
This child had a body mass index (BMI) of 22.6, which means that they were clinically obese, weighing 4st 4lb, a stone and a half more than average. The second child, a 14-year-old, had a BMI of 30.3 and weighed 13 stones, five stones more than average. Read more here.
I know little of this case or about the children in question but to confiscate children in this manner seems to be utterly draconian. Some people cannot help being obese as they are genetically predisposed to obesity.
Looking at some of the councillors elected in Tameside I can assure you some of them are on the obese side too, so for their sake, let’s hope they do not posses the obesity gene as they may one day see their kids or grandkids snatched from them. Tameside Citizen