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UK parents arrested for neglect because their child is too fat The …

Being obese is not a crime.

But letting a child get that way is.

A couple in Norfolk, UK, was arrested a couple of months ago on suspicion of cruelty and neglect of their child.

The British press reported on the case recently.

Their 11-year-old son is 1.55m tall and weighs more than 95kg1.

His body mass index (BMI) is a shocking 41.8, reported The Sun.

A person with a BMI above 27.5 is considered to be at high risk, according to the Health Promotion Board.

Intervention at such a level is rare and occurs only when other attempts to protect the child2 have proven unsuccessful, BBC News quoted the police as saying.

The 49-year-old father and the 44-year-old woman are out on bail.

The boy’s teachers had apparently contacted social services after becoming concerned by his increasing weight.

The Telegraph quoted the boy’s father as saying: “Our son s favourite snack is steamed broccoli3 – and he s still big.

Source: The Telegraph, The Sun, BBC News

References

  1. ^ more than 95kg (www.thesun.co.uk)
  2. ^ protect the child (www.bbc.com)
  3. ^ steamed broccoli (www.telegraph.co.uk)

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