Groundskeepers have been ordered to dob in overweight state school students to welfare workers with the Education Department saying obesity is a ‘child protection issue’.

All staff, including teachers, groundskeepers and admin management, are being trained to identify if a child’s weight is impacting on their ‘wellbeing and welfare to a significant degree,’ shares Daily Mail.

‘It’s near-certain that if you’re obese as a child, you’ll be obese as an adult,’ Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon told the Daily Telegraph.

We have a problem – 60 per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese’.

The department have ordered the child’s family be ‘dobbed in’ if his or her weight is impacting ‘normal physical, social and emotional functioning’.

Dr Gannon said a balance needs to be struck between helping the country’s obesity crisis and lecturing parents.

Some doctors have slammed the Education Department decision as ‘social engineering,’ and parents should be able to decide what their children eat.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare one in four children aged two to 17 are overweight or obese.

A poll on 7 News Australia has parents very divided over with it is actually a form of abuse.

Do you think this is going too far?

Share your comments below.

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  • the groundskeeper only has one job to do. this is stupid and ignorant behaviour to suggest this. i can see why this could be a good idea but at the end of the day, it is up to the parents and their children’s doctors as to what happens


  • What else will they start picking on? Whether kids are too skinny? Need a haircut? Need new clothes? I think a better way would be to educate the ENTIRE school of healthy lifestyle choices, not to target individuals. Whether a parent decides they should do something with the information is up to them.


  • I think this is going too far. May be a referral to a dietician for the family would be more effective.


  • Its going too far.
    I do agree that some children just dont have a chance. My youngest daughter works in a takeaway outlet and she has watched this woman and her 2 children slowly getting bigger and bigger over the past 5years and my daughter is shocked that they get 3 meals a day. From what shes seen the kids never have a home cooked meal. What chance do they have?
    I do think that there is a group of parents that dont know how to cook. Perhaps that was parents not teaching their daughters too cook because that was sexist so they just stopped and now we have sections of the population that only know how to reheat things.
    I dont know …just throwing thoughts out there.


  • Schools should be places of trust and this does not build trust. I clicked on the link to read the article, but it required a subscription to read the article?


  • I personally think they are going too far, especially if they are eating food as shown above. The roll may not be an actually hamburger roll it could be an ordinary one which is much healthier. Then one in the photo appears to have some salad in it. If the Child has a wheat allergy or Coelic Disease that means no gluten = wheat, rye, barley or oats. No salad dressing or fillings with gluten in them. A lot of mayonnaises have gluten in them as a thickener. Some sauces have gluten in them. Some Mums make muffins that have finely grated vegetables in them so they are savoury not sugary. Some make their own mince patties from scratch to use in rolls or sandwiches. Are the food “Police” going to check the ingredients before lodging reports?????. Some medications cause weight increase, including those for epilepsy. Dieting slows the increase -it will not stop it.


  • Kids aren’t going to spontaneously start eating right if you blame and shame their parents! Good healthy food needs to be more affordable and more available! Kids sport needs to be funded so its an option for low income families.


  • I do believe this is going too far!


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