Cruel comment… so so cruel…

October 17, 2007

Sometimes this job throws up some strange things. The web is loaded with information and articles and photographs but sometimes, just sometimes, even the most surefooted websites get it wrong.

Take this Reuters news story covering the latest report on obesity. Entitled “Obesity a consequence of modern life” the report is well worth a long read as it basically says that modern living has a lot to do with the obvious ..ah… enlarging of the general population. It’s our modern lifestyles that are causing us all to be fatter – you’ll be glad to know. Massive plates of chips, piles of burgers and mountains of sticky buns washed down nightly by three gallons of beer are not really the cause. So rest easy….

The piece has the obligatory snapshot of an overweight lady but whoever put together the page either wasn’t thinking about the layout or was trying to be subtle. You tell me!

I’ve ringed the bit I think you need to notice…

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🙂 Well I found it funny but there ye are…..

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Childhoood Obesity.

June 14, 2007

A group of GPs from Rotherham, South Yorkshire has tabled a motion to the British Medical Association’s annual meeting later this month which opens the way for social workers to step in when children become obese. The motion says:

“The government should consider childhood obesity in under 12s as neglect by the parents and encourage legal protection for the child and action against those parents.”

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The photo on the left I discovered on this blog while researching this topic. It gives a lot of background about the subject. Is this were NI’s children are heading?

This Guardian article (June 14th by Matthew Weaver), Treat childhood obesity as act of neglect, say doctors outlines the position pretty fully and is worth a good read. Among other gems the article quotes Dr Tabitha Randell, a consultant paediatrician from Nottingham, as saying she believed some parents were killing their children with kindness. In one extreme case, she saw a child aged two-and-a-half, Read the rest of this entry »