Leeds mum’s anger over ‘too heavy’ letter about 4-year-old

Teyo Moore-Woodbine.
Teyo Moore-Woodbine.
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A MUM has criticised health bosses after she was sent a letter telling her that her four-year-old son was “very overweight”.

Mari Moore says her son Oshea-Mkai Moore-Woodbine, known as Teyo, doesn’t have a weight problem.

But according to a Government scheme, the youngster’s Body Mass Index (BMI) is too high.

The mum-of-three, from Chapeltown, Leeds, said: “I was really upset by it.”

Teyo started Holy Rosary and St Anne’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Chapeltown in September and soon afterwards was weighed as part of the National Child Measurement Programme.

Last month, his mum received a letter saying Teyo was 114cm tall and weighed 25kg, which meant that his BMI showed he was “very overweight”.

“They need to look at people as well,” the 41-year-old added.

“I give my children the best start. He exercises, we walk to and from school and to local shops. This is sending the wrong message.”

A spokesman for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “Our School Nursing team takes care to ensure the process of the National Child Measurement Programme is explained to the child and families who take part in the programme, from before they are measured to after they receive their outcome letter from Public Health England.

“Defining children as overweight or obese is a complex process. The School Nursing team follows the guidelines set by the Department of Health, which uses BMI. If a child has a BMI over 98th percentile, the team will offer a referral to Watch It, the trust’s community-based weight management programme.”

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