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Wanted: Fat Children

by | 28th, February 2007

wanted-fat-children.jpg AS Prince Charles talks gut rot, the Sun looks at the fat kid.

Look at her. Isn’t she big! Isn’t she fat! Waddling around with a waggle and a quack.

Samantha Hames is front-page news. She’s nine years old. She’s a “massive” 14 stone. She is a size 18.

Good news, you may suppose. The nation’s children are blossoming with success. Food is plentiful. Clothes are too. Life is easy.

No need to worry about young girls being brainwashed into anorexia and dieting by images of skinny women. The Sun says Samantha weighs the equivalent of two Victoria Beckhams. This is surely progress. This is surely good.

But Samantha is not being paraded as a sign of the UK’s wealth and good sense. She is the epitome of child obesity. Indeed, if you know of a “worse case of child obesity” you can call the Sun’s newsdesk on the advertised number. “Don’t worry about the cost, we’ll call you straight back.”
So while neighbours and classmates picks up the phone and tell the paper of this fat kid who would look good on the Sun’s cover page a page that can be pinned to lockers, backs and lampposts we read on.

We work our way through Samantha’s daily menu. Eating begins at 7am with a mix of Coco Pops, Frosties and full-fat milk.

Samantha eats up all her school dinner at noon. On the way home from school at 3:30 she eats a family-sized bar of Galaxy chocolate (500g). This is chased with

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