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.
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