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Mother of child branded 'overweight' by school calls for law change

Connor Moncur-Richmond was classed as overweight in a letter from his school Photo: BPM

A mum whose five-year-old son was classed as ‘overweight’ in a letter from his school has called for a law change.

27-year-old Charlotte Moncur, of Dishley Grange, Loughborough, said her son Connor Moncur-Richmond eats fruit and vegetables every day and considers him a healthy child.

But Charlotte received a letter just before Easter from her son's school, Robert Bakewell Primary, saying he was classed as ‘overweight’.

The letter said Connor fell into the overweight category because he was in the '91st percentile' for his age and also warned Charlotte it could lead to health problems later in life.

Charlotte said:

Connor is three stone and 9lbs and is 3ft 6in which is tall for his age and he is definitely not overweight.

– Mother, Charlotte Moncur
Charlotte with her son Connor Credit: BPM

Connor’s mum also said that he was always “running around” and that he attends swimming classes at least once a week.

The letter was part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) which records children’s weight and height in reception class.

Charlotte said she was worried that other parents who also received the letter would question their parenting skills. She said:

I know that my son isn’t overweight but I think that other parents who maybe don’t have other children could be worried.

We live in a world where being told something like that at such a young age can really affect your confidence, and as a parent it can make you doubt whether you are doing the right thing. Connor is quite clearly not overweight, the way kids are measured needs to be changed. It is an outdated way to see if a child is healthy, they should use something like a full body scanner.

– Mother, Charlotte Moncur

A spokesman for Leicestershire County Council said:

The national child measurement programme involves measuring a child’s height and weight, factoring in their age and sex and then calculating their body mass index (BMI).

While BMI is not a perfect measure, it is nationally accepted as one of the best ways to tell if a child is a healthy weight.

We work closely with parents to offer a range of support for children to increase physical activity, boost food education and encourage healthy eating.

– Leicestershire County Council spokesman