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    Default UK Mother Sent Warning Letter for "Overweight" Child

    So where's the fat? Mother sent warning letter as health police say son is just 1lb overweight | Mail Online

    So where's the fat? Mother sent warning letter as health police say son is just 1lb overweight
    By Julie Moult
    Last updated at 11:19 AM on 15th May 2009

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    Michala Forder and Zac show the NHS letter that branded him fat
    Zac Forder is a lively and active child of five, weighing 3st 5lb.

    Unfortunately that' s a pound over the recommended guidelines - meaning he's been labelled overweight by health workers.
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    It's all automated I suppose. Maybe they didn't think about overlapping and such. It might just be rigid values in a computer system, it doesn't know that 1lb. is splitting hairs.

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    But what about the mother's concern that such overreaction, however it comes to pass, may trigger extreme reactions in children or teens who are not truly overweight and contribute to body image distortions and eating disorders?

    I'm curious what people think.

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    that should read anorexic child 1lb overweight, now who wants candy.

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    That cute little kid does not look fat at all. One pound? Seriously?

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    I don't care if the kid really was truly overweight - why are the schools getting involved in this?

    And there's no way of doing this that keeps these kids from being further marginalized. I'd even say if you think there is, you haven't actually been overweight and you don't get what these kids are feeling. These kids and these parents are well aware of the kids' differences. All this does is (further) embarrass the kids.

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    Who ever set the system, didn't think about margin of error.
    That kid doesn't even look close to being over weight - have they taken into account height etc?
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