A National Obesity Forum conference in London debated whether obese children should be removed from their parents and placed on a paediatric ward.
But Ros Godson, Unite/CPHVA professional officer, said that the suggestion, while well meaning in its attempt to have people ‘taking obesity seriously’, was flawed.
‘You have to take a long-term view and not demonise parents and children,’ she said. ‘You need to look at the issues behind why we put weight on – it’s often a symptom of other things.’
Department of Health figures reveal PCTs spent £15.8m on treating obese patients in 2007.