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Mother's fury after toddler labelled 'obese' in health check

Kean's mother says she’s worried about the message the health checks send out to children. Credit: MEN Media

A mother says she is disgusted after her toddler was labelled ‘obese’ and referred to a health and fitness programme.

Kerry Kinsella’s son Kean was weighed and measured when she took him along for his two-year check, a government-led review which tracks the health of children.

Kean is 90cm tall and weighed in at 16.4kgs - which branded him obese on the growth chart.

Kerry says that her son has big arms and legs - "but there isn’t a bit of fat on his belly". Credit: MEN Media

Kerry said she was ‘fuming’ when she was told Kean would be referred for a six-week health and fitness course.

My son is not obese. Yes he might have chunky thighs and arms but there isn’t a bit of fat on his belly. I stopped her before she even told me more about this fitness course because it was just so ridiculous.

I refused to take away any paperwork as we won’t be doing the course

– Kerry Kinsella
Kean is an active little boy who loves kicking a ball about. Credit: MEN Media

Kerry, who lives in Moston, north Manchester, added that the family all have a healthy diet and Kean is an active little boy - who rarely eats junk food and loves fruit.

The mother says she’s worried about the message the health checks send out, particularly to older children who are more anxious over their appearance.

A council spokesman said the health checks are to find any potential health problems and are "not about criticising parents or labelling children".