Five-year-old Lucy Davies is 3ft 9ins tall and weighs 3st 9lbs. You will see from the picture beside this post that no-one in their right mind would ever describe her as 'fat'. No-one, except the Government's creepy and Orwellian – 'National Child Measurement Programme'.
As reported by the Daily Mail:
Sports mad, always full of energy and certainly not fat, five-year-old Lucy Davies' parents had no concern about her health.
But when she was examined at school as part of a Government initiative to turn the rising tide of obesity, they were shocked to be told that she was 'overweight and unhealthy.'
They said Lucy may have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer as her body mass index (BMI) was outside recommended guidelines by just one per cent.
Among its objectives, the NCMP, list the following:
- help local areas to understand the prevalence of child obesity in their area, and help inform local planning and delivery of services for children;
- gather population-level surveillance data to allow analysis of trends in growth patterns and obesity;
- enable primary care trusts and local authorities to use the data from the NCMP to set local goals
This is an outrageous invasion of privacy and demonstrates a complete absence of commonsense from the Department of Health.
The government is measuring the key physical details of young children and adding them to an enormous and insecure government database, ready to hawk unnecessary schemes and advertising at worried parents.
Parents know if their children are healthy or not. This sort of nannying intrusion is more likely to cause needless distress to parents and kids, than it is to help raise awareness of health issues.
By Dylan Sharpe