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British Schools to Inform Parents of Overweight Children

Starting in September, British schools will inform parents of their child's weight in an attempt to deal with the growing issue of obesity, according to an announcement by the Department of Health (DoH).

Nearly 23% of children aged 4-5 are overweight or obese, with that figure growing to nearly 32% for children aged 10-11. Standard procedures in schools involve weighing and measuring children in schools to determine their body mass index (BMI). The information is passed on to the National Health Service (NHS) to determine the extent of obesity in the area.

Parents will soon be sent a letter of their child's weight, including advice on what to do if the child is overweight. However, government ministers have ruled that "offensive" language, such as "obese" or "fat" will not be allowed to be used in the letters, with words such as "overweight" being used instead.

The letters will provide useful information to parents, such as the problems caused by obesity like diabetes, and how to overcome these problems. Research has shown that parents often do not realise their child is overweight, and the letters will be a "wake-up call" to them.

"We have to get the balance right between being a nanny state and a neglectful state," said Will Cavendish, the director of health and wellbeing at the DoH.

Article Source: Wikinews, Tuesday, August 5, 2008

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The cure of many diseases belongs more to the regular diet of the household than to the care of physician. If child has been fed on improper food, at irregular hours, than the processes by which the poisonous dead matter is removed from child's system, have been irregularly carried on.

We are undoubtedly creatures of habit; but we oftener apply the word to our mental and moral than to our physical nature, and wrongly. When regular and constant demands are made upon any organ of the body, the body, as it were, falls into the habit of laying in enough force in that particular department for that particular purpose, because it can rely with certainty on its consumption. If in any case the demand is, for any reason, slackened, there is a surplus of energy which must find a vent, or render its possessor very uncomfortable.
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