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Child Taken into Care as Deemed Obese

Friday, November 7th, 2008 Child Taken into Care as Deemed Obese

A six-year-old Derby boy taken into care was overweight, it has been revealed
. Furthemore it is the first time obesity has been cited by Derby social services as a reason for taking a child into care. With reference to a BBC article (03 11 08).

More depressing it has been stated that one in four 10 and 11-year-olds in Derby are classified as obese or overweight.

Les Allen a cabinet member stressed many factors were considered before social services intervened. “Being overweight would not be the determining factor in taking any child in to local authority care.

“The primary reason for taking a child into care is because where they are is not the best place for them, they are likely to be vulnerable and they will be safer and happier in local authority care.”

Notably health managers are concerned in stabilising the problem and according to John Topham from NHS Derby City who says we are working “to increase activity levels and improve healthy eating”.

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