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The weight is over: 70 kids in UK taken from parents for being too fat

In an attempt to stop childhood obesity, social services is removing the kids from their parents

London: Up to 74 morbidly obese children are estimated to have been taken into care over the last five years, according to figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws. Figures revealed that 183 youngsters under 11 in England, Scotland and Wales have been recorded as weighing more than 100 kilograms in the past three years.

Around a third of teenagers are now heavier than recommended for their health. Representation pic
Around a third of teenagers are now heavier than recommended for their health. Representation pic

Eight were more than 127 kilograms and the heaviest weighed 147 kilograms, the report said. According to figures by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, there was a 12 per cent rise in the number of under-16s in Britain admitted to hospital for obesity in the last year.

Across all ages, obesity admissions in England were lower for every age group except the under-16s and those 65 and over. Of the 128 councils that provided usable responses, it was found that between 26 and 46 morbidly obese children were taken by social services.

Social services removed the children from their families for their protection because their excessive weight caused major health concerns. The two heaviest primary school pupils in England were a boy of 147 kilograms and a girl of 140 kilograms.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: “This is not an issue about children who might be a few pounds overweight. This is about protecting those who are facing significant and possibly even life-threatening problems.”

Fattest child
Suman Khatun from India is believed to be one of the world’s fattest kids – and eats enough food each week to feed her entire village. At age 6, she weighs 75 kg. She eats 10 kgs of rice, 5 kgs of potatoes, 24 eggs and 6 litres of milk every week.

27%
Amount of 13-year-olds who are obese in Europe

33%
Amount of 11-year-olds who are obese in Europe

>> 183 youngsters under 11 weighed more than 100 kg
>> 12 per cent rise in under-16s admitted to hospital for obesity
>> Heaviest kids weigh 147 and 140 kg

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