Weighing pupils may cause eating disorders according to new study
A study found the National Child Measurement Programme is fat shaming children.
Researchers found the programme causes children anxiety and embarrassment at weigh-ins and often leads to teasing.
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in reception class (aged 4 to 5) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11), to assess overweight and obesity levels in children within primary schools.
They also found that instead of helping children to lose weight, it has the potential cause eating disorders and unhealthy dieting behaviours that are 'far more dangerous than the weight itself'.
Speaking on This Morning, Dr Semiya Aziz said: 'One in four children under 18 are obese so we do need to get this problem under control.'