Mother of Britain’s fattest ten-year-old says her 16 STONE son is ‘very fussy’ and only has a sandwich for lunch and dinner
- The youngster has surpassed the previous record holder who weighs 16st 2lb
- Boy weighs three times what he should at his age and just less than average man
- His mother, 20st, insists he has a stress hormone disorder and doesn’t binge
The mother of Britain’s fattest 10-year-old has insisted her son’s weight is down to a medical condition – not bingeing on junk food.
The boy, from Hertfordshire, weighs three times the average for his age.
He has surpassed the weight of the previous young record holder, who tips the scales at 16st 2lb.
But his mother, 37, claims he suffers from a stress hormone disorder and is not eating too many fatty, sugary foods.
She told The Sun: ‘He goes without meals. He is very fussy with what food he eats.
‘We cannot understand why he is only eating that and not losing weight.’
The boy, from Hertfordshire, weighs three times the average for his age group. File image
The youngster does not attend all his classes, because at his size, he cannot cope with an entire day at school.
But his mother, who weighs 20st and also has an overweight daughter, claims he only has a sandwich for lunch and dinner and has been doing swimming and boxing.
She claims his weight kept ballooning in spite of exercise, but now a ‘germ phobia’ is stopping him from leaving the house.
Social services are monitoring the boy and his mother, who is separated from his father.
She added: ‘It is horrible. We want to get on with life and not have the threat hanging over us.’
The 10-year-old boy’s case comes after Public Health England figures revealed nearly half of all primary school children are dangerously overweight in some parts of the country.
But his mother, 37, claims he suffers from a stress hormone disorder and is not eating too many fatty, sugary foods. File image
The health authority mapped the waistlines of 10 and 11 year olds using data from local authorities.
And the statistics revealed that there is one ‘severely obese’ child for every classroom in the country.
The data shows that 44 per cent of 11 year olds in the north London borough of Brent are either overweight or obese – the worst region in England.
The figure is almost double that of the slimmest borough (25 per cent), Richmond-upon-Thames, which sits just five miles away.
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said the Hertfordshire boy’s case shows a failure of joint education and health authorities.
He told the newspaper: ‘This child has been let down. If you pick these cases up early, then it stops youngsters reaching extreme weights.’
Data from the National Child Measurement Programme for England, released in October, showed 31.5 per cent of reception-aged children were overweight in Barrow-in-Furness