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Parents to receive 'fat reports' from schools as BMA warns one in four children will be obese by 2020


By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 2:18 PM on 27th July 2008



Enlarge article-1038971-01A2DD28000004B0-49_233x327.jpg Parents are to receive 'fat reports' from schools detailing their child's weight


Parents will receive 'fat reports' from schools detailing their child's weight under new plans to tackle the spiraling problem of childhood obesity.

New rules set to be introduced when the new school year starts in September will see parents automatically sent the reports showing the weight of a child aged four to five and 10 to 11.

The news comes as the British Medical Association predicts more than a quarter of all children will be obese by 2020 and that youngsters will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Previously parents would have to request such information to be sent to them.


Thousands undermined the National Child Measurement Programme by keeping their child off school the day their class was due to be weighed.

Critics have dismissed the new measures as demonstrating Labour's 'nanny-state' approach saying it is parents' responsibility to deal with their child's obesity, not the Government's.

But health officials fears that the obesity problem in Britain is being underplayed.

The most recent figures show that one in 10 children aged four and five are obese and a further 13 per cent are classified as overweight. For 10 to 11-year-olds the figures are higher still with 17.5 per cent deemed obese and another 14.2 per cent judged to be overweight.

The Independent on Sunday reported today that internal documents seen by the newspaper found that despite a huge government campaign to produce a comprehensive picture of the problem, the results 'may underestimate the true population prevalence of obesity and overweight at national, regional and local level'.

Parents will also receive information about healthy eating and physical activity, and details about local support services. Plus primary schools will have to comply with nutritional standards on portions of vegetables served to children come September.

Paul Sacher, a paediatric dietician at the Childhood Nutrition Research Centre in London, is supportive of the new plans.

He told the Independent on Sunday: 'There is a major problem with parents' perception of their children's weight. As all children are getting bigger, it is becoming more difficult for parents to work out whether their children are overweight by just looking at them and comparing them to other kids.

'The only way we can work out whether children are getting bigger is to weigh them all, and the only way we can ensure that something is done about it is by making sure everyone concerned knows about their measurements."

Dr Sacher, who founded the Mend (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition ... Do It!) programme, which aims to educate families affected by obesity, added: 'If I was a parent I would want to know if my child was overweight or obese, then I could do something about it.'

But Tory frontbencher Nigel Waterson criticised the Government's 'nanny-state' approach to obesity.


He said: 'I am not sure everyone will immediately have a problem with the idea of this information being sent to parents, but I have a problem with the Government trying to impose regulations on families. These are issues for families to sort out.'

News of the scheme comes a week after Alan Johnson stepped up the campaign to tackle obesity at all ages. The Secretary of State for Health clashed with Conservative leader David Cameron who claimed earlier this month that being fat was often a lifestyle choice.

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