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Council sent mum letter claiming her five-year-old daughter is overweight

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A mum was shocked when she received a letter from the council saying her daughter was overweight.

Karis Campbell returned from a holiday to her Harlow, Essex home to find a letter claiming her daughter Lexi was close to being classified as obese.

The five-year-old weighs 23kg and is 1.12m tall which puts her just outside the healthy weight range on the BMI scale.

Karis, who has not told Lexi about the letter, is worried it could damage her mental health, Essex Live reported.

“It’s terrible,” said the mum-of-two, who also has a nine-month old son Teddy.



The mum was told her ballet dancing-daughter was ‘outside the healthy weight range’

 

“My little girl is in reception at St James Primary School in Harlow. Essex Child and Family came into the school in reception and year six to note height and weights.

“We have been on holiday and only just come back on Sunday, to find a letter telling me she is an ‘unhealthy weight, she is overweight’.

“You go on their website and they have a chart. You can put all their details in and it will show you how overweight they are.

“They say she is five per cent off from being obese.

“She is a five-year-old, that is not overweight, she is very tall for her age and she does ballet, she runs around and she has so much energy.”



The Harlow mum is worried Lexi would be emotionally scarred if she was told about the letter

 

Karis now plans on taking the issue up with the school.

“She is a five-year-old little girl, how can you try and tell a five-year-old something like that?” the mum continued.

“I haven’t told Lexi as that could be damaging to a child.

“An overweight child is terribly unhealthy but so is having anorexia.

“How can they go around to young children and say they are fat and overweight when they are not?

“They should be focusing on mental health. I think it’s disgusting.



Karis said the school should be focusing on mental health

 

“Even in year six, if a 10-year-old got hold of that letter saying they are unhealthy and overweight they could stop themselves from eating.

“It could be so physically damaging to a child – let them be children.

“They have their own little lives.”
An Essex County Council spokesperson said: “Essex County Council, like all Local Authorities in England, is required to deliver the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), whereby children in Reception Year and Year Six at Primary School have their height and weight measured, in a sensitive and understanding way.

“This is an important national programme that helps us track trends in overweight and obesity rates for children in England, and drives action to support healthy weight behaviours.

“We are working closely with a number of different organisations, partners and schools across the county to support children and families in making healthy lifestyle choices. 

“The NCMP is a  key part of the way in which we evaluate how effective our collective programmes are in helping all young people to live healthily and  maintain a healthy weight.”

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