I agree he is isn't a stick insect like my older boys, but at his age neither were they. Isaac tends to fill out and then have a growth spurt, and like many children his age he has puppy fat. Isaac is solid, short for his age and has a stocky build (like his dad), but I still have to adjust the waist on his trousers to one of the smallest settings otherwise they fall down.
He weighs 16.9kg (in English this is 37lb 4oz or 2 stone 9oz) and is 0.965 metres tall which puts him with in a BMI percentile of 96.
He doesn't eat large portions of food, he's a bit of a fussy eater and won't eat many vegetables, however he does like his fruit and will eat two or three apples / banana's per day.
He also enjoys playing computer games, but also has football and swimming lessons once a week, walks to school and back daily and we regularly go out exploring the local beaches, forest or parks where he loves to run around and climb like most boys his age.
From conversations on twitter when I voiced my shock, it seems that we are by no means the only ones who have suffered at the hands of this scheme and I saw pictures of healthy happy boys deemed overweight, that looked like (for want of a better word) skinny beans.
I do agree that something needs to be done about the growing obesity problem, but
- is 4 years old a realistic age to target?
- have they got their measurements correct?
- is there a better way to assess than BMI which can be so inconsistent, especially if a child is sporty.
I would love to know your thoughts on this, has your child been affected?