Liverpool - Children want ban on 'obesity' label

23rd April 2010 at 01:00

Schools in Liverpool could be banned from using the word "obesity" after pupils said it carried negative connotations.

The idea was put forward by the Liverpool Schools' Parliament, a group of 90 nine to 11-year-olds, which has asked for the word to be replaced by "unhealthy weight" because the term "obesity" was putting young people off confronting their weight problems.

The children's proposal is now formally being considered by council bosses, who have said it could be adopted.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Jeff Dunn, co-ordinator of the Schools' Parliament, said: "The idea is that 'obesity' has a negative connotation behind it. They felt 'unhealthy weight' is more positive and a better way to promote it. The term 'obese' would turn people off, particularly young people."

But the move has been condemned by anti-obesity campaigners, who claim the departure from the term obesity could "fudge" a serious issue.

Liverpool is particularly affected by obesity problems - about a fifth of boys and nearly 15 per cent of girls are clinically obese. rv.

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