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Kids are sent off to “fat camp” whether their parents like it or not!

At these ‘fat camps’, in Singapore, any child overweight is called out and told what to eat, as well as being placed on a strict exercise routine, with their progress monitored closely and re-evaluated every six months, reports ABC news.

This system does not allow children or their families to choose if they would like to participate in the program, and parents are also told what they need to do to control their child’s weight.

Overweight children are often separated to do different exercises during physical education classes and are sometimes even made to stay in school after teaching hours to increase their physical activity.

Edith Cowan University (ECU) lecturer and coordinator of health and physical education Donna Barwood told ABC Singapore had a completely different education system and a government policy which would not work in Australia.

“It’s singling kids out who are obese,” she said.

“In a social justice perspective, I would never support that.”

She encouraged parents to get educated on their children’s health and wellbeing, rather than leaving it to schools to enforce regulations.

“The primary thing is for parents to step up to the plate and get involved. I don’t think it’s the school’s place to implement such rules,” she said.

Despite its controversial nature, the HHF and TAF programs have proven to be successful, with Singapore possessing one of the lowest obesity rates in the world.

The Holistic Health Framework (HHF) is a government-mandated and regulated weight management program which works in conjunction with the “TAF Club” — an acronym for “Trim And Fit”.

People in Australia were outraged recently to hear classroom weigh-ins could become part of the school routine as a way to combat childhood obesity. Scales would be provided in classrooms and fitness levels would be included in school reports under a new NSW health program. Read more HERE.


Outrage as class weigh-ins make a comeback


 

Taryn Brumfitt, the Founder of Body Image Movement and EMBRACE recently shared her fears for kids and dieting, she says to all parents out there wanting to raise healthy and empowered children, removed the scales from your home. “Ban all diet talk. Don’t refer to good and bad foods. Be a positive role model and never speak negatively about your body in front of the kids.”


Concerns Over Weight Watchers Now Targeting Teens


It can certainly be very humiliating to get weighed in front of your peers. Some kids are at major risk of triggering body image issues and even eating disorders.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder or body image concerns you can call the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 or visit their website www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au for more information.

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  • I don’t agree with weighing the kids at school and then separating them from the rest of the class for being overweight. It wouldn’t work here so hopefully they don’t try to bring it in

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  • Look, it may seem extreme but families where children are obese are toxic environments. They are that way usually because parents are obese and preparing unhealthy foods and not encouraging exercise. At least a fat camp may teach children how to eat healthy and exercise. I can say this because I grew up fat and came from a fat family and have only learned later how to live healthy.

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  • As the expert stated Singapore is very different to Australia and it would never work here

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  • I never knew this about Singapore, and no can’t see it happening here, just reduce processed foods and increase wholefoods.

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  • I’m sure there is a much nicer way to learn how not to be obese than this.

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  • Absolutely ludicrous. Only a parent should authorise what happens to their child, where they go etc.

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  • WOW! This is not okay and could absolutely trigger body image issues. I know. I was one of those children. And what about those kids who are chubby in primary school but then shoot up and slim out during puberty? What are you doing to those bodies? There is so much wrong with this it has given me anxiety and made me remember the school year when I was weighed and my weight was overhead by the entire class. It has stayed with me to this day.

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  • Nobody (other then the parents and the child themselves) has the right to decide to put our kids on such program !

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  • Oh wow. This is becoming insane

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  • That is uncalled for, no school anywhere should have the right to implement this crap.

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  • This is so wrong. Kids have enough problems at school being bullied. It would be far worse if they had to weigh in front of their peers and then taken aside to do different exercises. They could become depressed and suicidal. I think it’s a terrible idea and hope it doesn’t get implemented into our schools.

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  • I don’t think that kids should be made a spectacle of in front of their peers, but something does need to be done. I know that there are a lot of overweight kids in my daughter’s school- I notice them when I pick her up each day and it’s really sad because it is so easy to prevent. It’s sad that it is coming to this, parents should be responsible for keeping their kids healthy. Maybe if we started implementing something like this it might force parents to play a more active role. If they thought that this was going to start happening, surely they would start applying a healthier diet for the whole family. I was a fat kid myself and it ruined my childhood. I couldn’t be a kid as much because I couldn’t be as active as my friends. I’m now a very fit adult and I encourage my kids to exercise each morning before school by taking them for a walk and playing chasies. I also prepare healthy meals at least five days a week.

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  • I would simply remove my child from that school. I remember being fat shamed in Grade 6. I was horrified when we were all weighed in class and our weights discussed. I actually had no idea what my weight was, or what it meant, until I was put through this. It stayed with me for a very long time.

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  • Where are human rights in this decision – would be interesting to know about the human rights in Singapore.

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  • Are the schools going to arrange full medical assessments before jumping to the conclusion that it is caused by diet. – and no gap costs for the parents. I know of one who was very skinny until he had surgery on his knee. Even though he went on a special weight loss diet, exercised as much as he could, was then put in hospital on a strict supervised diet he never managed to lose weight. As his family live in the outback he didn’t have any visitors and never left his room on his own. Initially until all the tests were done they thought he had a thyroid problem. When he started work he only had salads, often without any dressing or occasionally at lunch time he would decide to add a little low fat sugar free dressing to it. He sometimes had his tea at work and had the same then. on night shift he had fresh fruit for breakfast. He had lists of good and not so good fruits to eat. Some contain more fructose (fruit sugar) than others. Sadly he developed ulcers on his legs and feet and died as a result of them not healing with lengthy hospital treatment.

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