Katie’s slim and sporty - they say she is too fat!

Katie Lee. PIC: Ross Parry
Katie Lee. PIC: Ross Parry
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She might look slim and sporty to you and I. But Katie Lee has been labelled OVERWEIGHT according to a Government scheme.

The 11-year-old was measured at her primary school for The National Child Measurement Programme.

Mum Emma, 34, was shocked to receive a letter telling her the 5ft 5in-tall girl – who weighs 9st 10lbs – was classed as “overweight”.

The former nurse, of Harrogate, says the programme is leaving girls feeling sensitive about their weight and prone to eating disorders.

She said: “It’s just ridiculous. She’s tall and slim, far from overweight.

“They tell you she is overweight when obviously she’s not.

“She is very athletic. I was so cross when I got the letter, it basically said at Katie’s height and weight she was overweight.

“They also sent me a healthy eating leaflet like I couldn’t look after my children. They hadn’t even seen my daughter.

“This is the sort of thing that gives young girls eating disorders. She is at a vulnerable, impressionable age, getting ready to leave primary school.

“The first thing she said when she saw the letter is ‘I’m not fat’.

“She is very fit and active, she takes the dogs out for a walk in the mornings and walks to meet her friends.

“She is also in the scouts and hikes for miles at the weekend. Katie also plays hockey, rounders, touch rugby and does gymnastics.”

Mum-of-three Emma thinks the Government needs to find a more sensible way to measure children’s weight and fitness.

She added: “It’s not compulsory and I think the parents of overweight children may opt out of doing it, so whatever the results are being used for the system is flawed.

“I think there needs to be something else, not just weighing and measuring – by Year 6 children’s bodies are changing with puberty. It’s just not black and white, there is a lot of grey.”

Emma lives with greengrocer husband James, 37, and their three children – Liam, 12, Katie and six-year-old Lily.

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the weight and height of children in reception class and year 6 to assess overweight children and obese levels within primary schools.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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