Parents' Outrage Over Weight Warnings

27/12/2010 18:03 | Updated 22 May 2015

At 3st 11lb, and standing at an above-average 3ft 10in tall, no one could ever accuse five year old Gracie Hill of being overweight. Except the NHS.

After being weighed at school, Gracie's mum, Laura, 28, received a letter from officials warning her daughter was overweight and at risk of health problems, including cancer.

Her outraged mother said: 'There's not an ounce of fat on Gracie. How dare they start scaring us with warnings about heart attacks and cancer?'

Laura added her daughter became upset over the letter and asked: 'Mummy, does my teacher think I'm fat?'.

Gracie, a pupil at Chellaston Infant School in Derby, was weighed as part of the National Child Measurement Programme. Her classmate, Bailey Russell, was also singled out, with officials claiming he was 2lb overweight for his 4ft height. His mother said: 'I was horrified by the letter. They asked for permission to weigh the children, but I thought they'd just give you the facts and figures.'

A spokesperson from the Department of Health said the letters were 'about giving parents information to help them make decisions about their children's health'. Under the national measurement programme, children are weighed and measured in reception class aged four or five and in year six, when they are 10 or 11.

What do you think? Should the NHS be monitoring school children's weight or is this scaremongering?

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