A recent article on the BBC website, asks the question “Does allowing a child to become morbidly obese qualify as child abuse?”. Some health and social care professionals believe it is an issue that requires further investigation.
A couple of months ago, a 19 year old girl had to be cut out of her house by firefighters so that she could receive urgent medical care. She weighed over 50 stone.
“It is my view that child obesity should be treated as a form of child mistreatment, as any type of under-feeding is,” says Joanna Nicolas, a child protection consultant who has been a social worker for 17 years.
“If a child is obese it is a form of abuse because of the physical impact on the child, the implications for their future health and the psychological impact,” she told Radio 4’s The Report.