UK: Fattest children to be taken away from their parents
The British government has already instigated the weighing and measuring of childfren at infant and junior school and now is sending out the message via local government that obese children could be taken away from parents and put into care by social workers. The view is developing that over-nourishment is a form of neglect in the same way that malnourishment is.
It will be interesting to see what language will be used in these cases given that earlier this month, mindful of sensitivities around government intervention on this matter, the Department of Health banned the use of the word 'obese' in communications with parents deeming that parents find the term 'highly offensive'. If the word is felt offensive how will they get around the 'offense' caused when they come to take away an over indulged but perhaps very loved child? What words will they use to describe the reasons for taking the child away? Is 'very fat' less offensive than 'obese'?
Dangerously overweight children will have to be taken from their parents and put into care because of Britain's worsening "obesity epidemic", council leaders have warned.
One million children will be clinically obese within four years on current trends, storing up future problems from heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents 400 councils in England and Wales, predicted social services teams would have to take drastic action to improve the health of seriously overweight children.
Social workers have only become involved very rarely in such cases, considering the issue is best tackled by parents.
But the LGA warned that social services might have to treat very fat children as victims of "parental neglect" – just as malnourished children are.