The issue of child obesity has reared its head again, with the story of an eight year old boy who may be taken into care due to his excessive weight. If this were to happen, it would be a first in a case of this kind.

Anyone with an interest in this topic has plenty of recent literature to explore. Last month the Department of Health published Obesity Guidance For Healthy Schools Coordinators & Their Partners, while 2006 saw reports from Ofsted - Healthy Schools, Healthy Children - and the National Audit Office - Tackling Child Obesity: First Steps. A further selection of useful reports and research can be accessed in full through the Childlink service via Athens.


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