mc_squared Posted February 19, 2010 Share Posted February 19, 2010 Mother's fury as nanny state brands her healthy daughter, 5, 'fat and at risk of heart disease' By Jaya Narain Last updated at 11:40 PM on 18th February 2010 Comments (429) Add to My Stories Sports mad, always full of energy and certainly not fat, five-year-old Lucy Davies' parents had no concern about her health. But when she was examined at school as part of a Government initiative to turn the rising tide of obesity, they were shocked to be told that she was 'overweight and unhealthy.' They said Lucy may have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer as her body mass index (BMI) was outside recommended guidelines by just one per cent. Picture of health: Sports-mad Lucy, 5, has been told she risks heart disease Lucy is 3ft 9ins tall and weighs 3st 9lbs - which is itself within the recommended healthy range for a five-year-old child. Her mother, Susan Davies, 38, said she was shocked by the letter she and husband Tony were sent about their daughter's weight. More... Britain's youngest prostate cancer sufferer at SEVEN months old cured by pioneering therapy 'I couldn't believe what I was reading,' she said. Lucy is five-years-old and not fat in the slightest. She shouldn't even be thinking about her weight at her age. 'I want her to be running around playing and having fun, not worrying about what she looks like.' National Child Measurement Programme is being carried out in schools across the UK and results are calculated by taking into account height, weight and age. Mrs Davies, a mother-of-four from Poole, Dorset, received the letter which said: 'The results suggest your child is overweight.' It added that this can have 'implications on health and wellbeing' and listed a catalogue of serious medical conditions her daughter may later suffer from. 'At risk': Five-year-old Lucy Davies, pictured with her mother Susan, has been branded 'overweight' by NHS officials, who have written to her parents A child's is calculated using the same method as for adults - weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared. Special BMI figures for children are used to determine whether a child is overweight or obese given their age. In Lucy's case she missed out on being placed in the healthy category by just one percentile point. Confusingly, separate guidelines tell parents what a healthy weight is for their height. Last night eating disorder experts condemned the letter saying the new initiative needed to show more common sense. A spokeswoman for eating disorder charity BEAT said: 'More common sense needs to be applied in these situations. It is really taking things to extremes. For all the right reasons, they are paying attention to the growing problem of obesity, but some of the messages that are being put out are not necessarily right for young people to be hearing. 'Children at a younger and younger age are becoming aware of their body image and pressures on them to be the ideal image and figure.' Enlarge Bizarre: Part of the letter that Lucy brought home for her mother, pointing out that she was 'fat'. The little girl was tested on November 30 last year but her mother was only informed of the results on February 10 Mrs Davies said her daughter was an active young girl who was clearly not obese. She said: 'Lucy is one of those children who is always on the go - she does ballet, cheerleading and we spend our free time going on family walks and playing outdoors. 'No child of her age should be worried about whether they have a tummy.' She said the letter illustrated how far the 'nanny state' had intruded into the private lives of families. Mrs Davies, who is married to 41-year-old financial advisor Tony, said: 'What business is it of theirs? They seem to want us all to be round pegs to fit into round holes. 'If it wasn't all so official, and a nurse who knew the children could ring up the parents for a chat, then it might do more good. But this is a horrible scare tactic.' A spokeswoman for the Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust, which carried out the tests, stressed the results were aimed at parents and results were not given to children directly. Dr Adrian Dawson, director of public health at the trust, said: 'We are concerned about the health of our children. 'If they are overweight this will cause many problems for them as they grow older and we need to tackle this head on. 'Parents are the only people who can effect this change in lifestyle through healthy eating, meal time portion control and daily physical activity. It is right that they are aware of the consequences for their children.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1251969/Mothers-fury-nanny-state-brands-healthy-daughter-5-fat-risk-heart-disease.html#ixzz0fylnqpLy Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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