Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warnings on Child Weight Toned Down as Parents Protest

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Warnings on Child Weight Toned Down as Parents Protest

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Byline: Sophie Goodchild Health Correspondent

WARNING letters saying overweight children could suffer potentially fatal diseases in later life have been toned down after parents complained.

Ministers have banned health trusts from warning parents that their children could suffer conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, except in the worst two per cent of cases.

The letters are sent out after children are weighed each school year, but parents in a string of cases have responded angrily, saying their children are a healthy weight and have been wrongly targeted.

The children include 11-year-old Katie Owen who was refusing to eat after getting a warning letter from Barking and Dagenham NHS Trust. At 5ft tall and weighing 7st 12lb, her Body Mass Index of 21.5 was said to put her "at risk of becoming overweight".

Her mother, Joanne, said: "My daughter is slim and healthy. To put herself through something like this when she is reaching such an important time in her life is cruel. …

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