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Hospital care is ‘not childhood obesity solution’

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Community nursing representatives have rejected the suggestion that morbidly obese children should be taken away from their families.

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.

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