Fit 5-Year-Old Called Obese- Sunday Mirror Newspaper- Exclusive Health Story- ***May 2012***

A concerned mother contacted us after her five-year-old daughter was labelled clinically obese by NHS officials.

Vanessa Ward was told her four stone daughter was at risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Mrs Ward wanted us to raise awareness of the issue.

We had the story placed in the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

Vanessa was delighted with the article.

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Skinny five-year-old girl who weighs just four-stone is branded obese by NHS nurses

Sunday Mirror Newspaper

She loves bouncing on her trampoline, goes to swimming lessons once a week and always eats her veggies.

So five-year-old Chloe Ward's parents were stunned to receive a letter from the NHS informing them that she is clinically obese.

The letter, which followed a check-up at her school, said Chloe is so overweight she's at risk of developing heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Dominic and Vanessa Ward were also warned their little girl is at risk of suffering from eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia in later life.

Chloe's parents have been told that, at four stone, she is up to one stone heavier than she should be. The nurses based this on her Body Mass Index, where height is checked against weight.

Chloe's BMI score was 98, which is eight points above the healthy mark, ­according to health ­service guidelines.

The letter added that Chloe's parents would be getting tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their daughter.

Dad Dominic, 42, was furious. He said yesterday: "It is ridiculous. Any sensible person can see Chloe isn't overweight. The system they use to measure children clearly doesn't work and needs to change.

"Chloe is a great kid. She's active and would much rather play outside than sit on a computer. And we've never had any problems with her eating fruit and veg."

He added: "I'm particularly angry at the idea she could suffer from ­eating disorders. She certainly will do if she goes through life being told she is overweight when she is not."

Chloe, from Wellingborough, ­Northants, is among hundreds of thousands of primary school children whose weight and height is currently being ­measured by NHS nurses. ­Parents can opt their children out of the scheme.

Vanessa, 32, said: "It's been really upsetting. The school's headteacher is equally upset and has been helping me because she's just as concerned about the NHS programme."

Dr Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: "The scheme itself is a very good idea but it is not being executed in the right way."

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