Anger as fit child labelled overweight

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A HEALTH trust has apologised for upsetting a Doncaster mum by labelling her fit and athletic son overweight.

Sporty Kai Hewson, aged 10, was measured and weighed along with other Year 6 pupils at his Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

The youngster was 1.467m tall, weighed 44.2kg, and had a Body Mass Index of 94 per cent - meaning he is just four per cent away from being classed as obese.

A letter sent to his home in Lancaster Drive, Lindholme, warned that being overweight could cause cancer, Type Two diabetes and heart disease.

But mum Beccy said her son was one of the top scorers for his football team Barnby Dun Rovers, where he trains and plays at least twice a week. He also plays for the school sports teams and does boxing up to four times a week.

She said: “It’s absolutely disgusting that this test can determine whether your child is overweight or not, without taking other factors into consideration.

“Kai has always been muscular. If you look at him he’s not fat in the slightest. He is constantly playing sport so has built up a lot of muscle over the years.

“I warned him before we got the results that it might come back as overweight because of his stature for his age.

“Since the test he’s questioning what he’s eating. It’s quite frightening for parents and children to see the warnings that they could be at risk of cancer, it’s not a fair test.”

A Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation spokesman said: “I apologise if we have upset the family of this young boy and would encourage the mother to contact our school nurse team so they can discuss the information in the letter. We fully accept the point being made that other factors come into play, such as the impact of playing sport.”