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SEVEN OBESE KIDS TAKEN INTO CARE; EXCLUSIVE Youngest is a boy aged just SIX.

Byline: BY RYAN PARRY

AT least seven kids were taken from their parents last year for being too fat, it emerged yesterday.

One was a boy of six while another was a girl aged eight, who was 9st and a size 16.

A third, a lad of aged 12, had a body mass index 60 per cent above average.

Experts said it proved youth obesity was at crisis point. Dr Colin Waine, former head of the National Obesity Forum charity, urged closer monitoring of infants to avoid their being taken into care when older.

He said: "This would enable appropriate action to be taken so we eliminate the need for such drastic measures. I'm looking for a position where this never becomes necessary."

The number of overweight kids put in care was obtained from councils under Freedom of Information laws.

But it is feared the true figure is higher as obesity is not always named as a factor.

One million under-16s are obese - a condition that could hit one in three girls and one in five boys by 2012.

In August, council chiefs warned the number of fat children being taken from their families could rise.

Spokesman David Rogers said: "Councils would step in to deal with an undernourished and neglected child, so should a case with a morbidly obese child be any different?"

Voice of the Mirror: Page 10

CASE 1: DERBY

A boy aged six - the oldest of three children - taken away by social workers as he grew dangerously obese

CASE 2: LONDON

Lad, 12, put into care with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 - 60 per cent above the 17.5 average for his age

CASE 3: CUMBRIA

Social services stepped in after seeing a girl aged just eight soar to over 9st and have to wear size 16 clothes.

CASE 4: MANCHESTER

A seven-year-old girl placed in care after weighing in with a BMI of 21 - around a third higher than normal

CASE 5: WOLVERHAMPTON

Council chiefs acted amid fears for an unidentified child

CASE 6 & 7: TOWER HALMATES & LINCS

Two unidentified youngsters taken from their families by social workers in East London and near Midlands

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*BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight
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