Mum's outrage after primary school plans to weigh pupils fearing Covid lockdown has left kids obese

A FURIOUS mum has slammed a primary school for changing their policy to regularly weigh pupils starting in September.

As a part of the Government’s National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) children are going to be asked to step on the scales while at school.

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The policy is coming in amid fears of a childhood obesity crisis because of homeschooling during the pandemic and a lack of regular PE classes. 

It is designed to alert parents to when their children could be at risk of obesity, and was halted last year due to Covid – meaning any extra weight gain crisis hasn’t been recorded. 

Mum Sue Dorman, from Coalville, in Leicester, has slammed the policy and claimed that she was “traumatised” by the experience when she was at school. 

Speaking to LeicestershireLive she said: "I'm 58 and still remember the weigh-in at school, and it affected my weight all my life.

"Being lined up to be weighed and told you were being put on a diet and that your mum would be informed in front of everyone was humiliating.

"I became the butt of everyone's jokes. It affects my weight to this day, as food became my enemy. 

“When diets didn't work, I just decided I needed to be happy in myself and not be dictated to."

But the former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has said weighing children was “hugely important post pandemic”.

In a statement Russel Viner said: "There are a number of reasons to be concerned that the pandemic has increased obesity across the population – including in children.

"But we have no data on what the pandemic has done to obesity in children, and the NCMP is essential for this.”

Prior to the pandemic the UK’s childhood obesity rates were soaring, with more than one in three kids leaving primary school overweight and one in five obese acording to NHS figures. 

Sue claims that while obesity in children could be getting more severe, the schools and government should focus on educating parents. 

She added:  "It should be banned across the board, as my daughter had the same thing in high school and it affected her in the same way [as me].

"If I had known it was happening at the time, I would not have allowed it. There was no discreet weighing. Children were lined up and weighed in front of each other.

"If you weigh more than others, it often leads to being bullied or tormented. How does this help?

"It's just not something that I feel is appropriate. I think we should teach good eating to parents and children in a cost effective way. That's the best way forward."

Obesity Health Alliance, an organisation that seeks to change government policy on obesity believe that the number pf children who were classed as obese is “extremely worrying”.

Caroline Cerny said: "Excess weight in childhood can lead to a number of health problems, and often negatively affects children’s self-esteem.

"Children with a weight classified as obese are much more likely to still be living with obesity as adults, which can increase their risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer."

Independent campaign group National Obesity Forum chairman Tam Fry told the Independent: "We expect the (obesity) figures will have gone up and we expect the results, when we get them, to be a real jolt to Boris Johnson."

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