By Euro Weekly News Media • 06 June 2014 • 15:31
15 STONE: and only 11 years.
THE PARENTS of a terribly overweight 11-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty after their son reached 15 stone.
His mother claims that he may be “genetically fat” and that her son’s weight “wasn’t a big deal” as both sides of the family were given to gaining weight easily. Despite these statements she also added that she was scared that the authorities might take her son away.
His parents say they were interviewed by the police after doctors, who treated their son at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, raised their concerns with the local force after the boy was brought in for treatment twice in one month.
Their son, who is 5 ft 1, has a body mass index of 41.9 which means that he is officially classed as “very overweight” despite claims from his family about trying to keep him thin.
A spokesperson for the Norfolk Police stated that officers from the child abuse unit worked closely with health and social services to monitor “sensitive issues such as obesity and the neglect of a child.” He went on to underscore the fact that the welfare of the child and their protection from harm was of paramount importance.
The parents are now on bail pending charges.
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This sort of thing is disgraceful. What parents do with their own body is their business, but to allow their children to be grossly overweight is tragic. They are dooming them to a life of misery, and many will not last long past middle-age due to the sicknesses that accompany obesity in later years.Almost daily I see obese children, especially during the tourist season, many of whom cannot even walk properly. Most parents do not seem interested in feeding their children the right foods and making sure they get the proper amount of exercise because they simply cannot be bothered.It is perhaps time the law stepped in and made it an offence to allow your children to become obese at an early age.
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