A mum was stunned when she got a letter from the council saying her little girl was overweight.
Karis Campbell came back from a vacation to her Harlow, Essex home to discover 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.
The mum-of-two, who also has a nine-month-old son Teddy said:
“It’s terrible, 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 percent 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.”
Karis is now looking forward to taking this issue to the school.
She further added: “She is a five-year-old little girl, how can you try and tell a five-year-old something like that? 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.”
“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.”