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A boy of eight who weighs as much as an adult man could be taken from his family and placed into care for health reasons.

 

Tipping the scales at 14 stone, Connor McCreaddie is three times as heavy as the average child of his age.

 

At a meeting tomorrow, his mother Nicola McKeown must convince officials that she has not abused her son by allowing him to grow so fat.

 

Connor could be placed on the child protection register along with victims of physical and sexual abuse, or on the less serious register of children in need.

 

With childhood obesity soaring, doctors have warned that such desperate measures could become more common.

 

It would be a devastating blow for Mrs McKeown, who insists her boy "has always been big".

 

Connor's weight has already caused him to break four beds and five bicycles. Last year he reached 15-and-a-half stone.

 

He has also been bullied and cannot fit into the school uniform. Just a five-minute walk leaves him out of breath or vomiting.

 

Mrs McKeown, 35, of Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne, said: "I try to be strict with him and limit what he eats but some days I just think, 'my God, you have had so much today'.

 

"When he was a baby I had to give him bottles every hour and he used to constantly cry with hunger.

 

"By the time he was 18 months, he was in age five clothes. And when he was five, he was more than nine stone."

 

Mrs McKeown, who is unemployed and suffers from depression, said she tried to make sure that Connor followed a healthy diet.

 

But she claimed that others will hand him snacks in the street, and Connor hunts out crisps. He has even eaten until he made himself sick.

 

"It worries me sick because I can hear him choking of a night time and he gets nosebleeds frequently," said Mrs McKeown, who is separated from Connor's father.

 

"I've asked the doctors to check him, but they can't seem to find anything wrong.

 

"In a way I hope that he has a disease or syndrome, so that he can be given a tablet or treatment that will make it all stop."

 

In an interview for tomorrow's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, she added that Connor wants "chips with everything", loves curry, and snacks junk food all day while sitting at the computer.

 

"He has double, treble what a normal eight-year- old would have, but if I didn't give him enough at teatime then he would just go on at us all night for snacks and stuff."

 

Mrs McKeown said she had cut his portions and would continue to do so.

 

But the family has stopped short of putting a lock on the fridge.

 

Consultant paediatrician Dr Michael Markiewicz, an expert on childhood obesity, says the family's treatment of Connor amounts to child abuse, however unintentional it is.

 

"They love him, but they actually love him to death. The way they are treating him and feeding him, they are slowly killing him," he tells the programme.

 

At tomorrow's meeting Mrs McKeown must answer to social services, nurses, her GP, a consultant paediatrician, education representatives and a police officer.

 

"I will fight for Connor, I will not let them take him away from me," she said.

 

"How can he be a victim of child abuse? We all love him.

 

"If he was abused I would not be feeding him, I would not be jumping to his every beck and call to make him food to eat."

 

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Primary Care Trust said they had worked with the family for some time, and were concerned about Connor's health and wellbeing.

 

The problem of child obesity is escalating. Around 13.4 per cent of children under ten are obese - compared with 9.9 per cent in 1995.

 

Problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which previously only affected adults, have been found in children.

 

The Government has said it wants to halt the yearly increase in obesity by 2010.

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A boy of eight who weighs as much as an adult man could be taken from his family and placed into care for health reasons.

 

Tipping the scales at 14 stone, Connor McCreaddie is three times as heavy as the average child of his age.

 

At a meeting tomorrow, his mother Nicola McKeown must convince officials that she has not abused her son by allowing him to grow so fat.

 

Connor could be placed on the child protection register along with victims of physical and sexual abuse, or on the less serious register of children in need.

 

With childhood obesity soaring, doctors have warned that such desperate measures could become more common.

 

It would be a devastating blow for Mrs McKeown, who insists her boy "has always been big".

 

Connor's weight has already caused him to break four beds and five bicycles. Last year he reached 15-and-a-half stone.

 

He has also been bullied and cannot fit into the school uniform. Just a five-minute walk leaves him out of breath or vomiting.

 

Mrs McKeown, 35, of Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne, said: "I try to be strict with him and limit what he eats but some days I just think, 'my God, you have had so much today'.

 

"When he was a baby I had to give him bottles every hour and he used to constantly cry with hunger.

 

"By the time he was 18 months, he was in age five clothes. And when he was five, he was more than nine stone."

 

Mrs McKeown, who is unemployed and suffers from depression, said she tried to make sure that Connor followed a healthy diet.

 

But she claimed that others will hand him snacks in the street, and Connor hunts out crisps. He has even eaten until he made himself sick.

 

"It worries me sick because I can hear him choking of a night time and he gets nosebleeds frequently," said Mrs McKeown, who is separated from Connor's father.

 

"I've asked the doctors to check him, but they can't seem to find anything wrong.

 

"In a way I hope that he has a disease or syndrome, so that he can be given a tablet or treatment that will make it all stop."

 

In an interview for tomorrow's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, she added that Connor wants "chips with everything", loves curry, and snacks junk food all day while sitting at the computer.

 

"He has double, treble what a normal eight-year- old would have, but if I didn't give him enough at teatime then he would just go on at us all night for snacks and stuff."

 

Mrs McKeown said she had cut his portions and would continue to do so.

 

But the family has stopped short of putting a lock on the fridge.

 

Consultant paediatrician Dr Michael Markiewicz, an expert on childhood obesity, says the family's treatment of Connor amounts to child abuse, however unintentional it is.

 

"They love him, but they actually love him to death. The way they are treating him and feeding him, they are slowly killing him," he tells the programme.

 

At tomorrow's meeting Mrs McKeown must answer to social services, nurses, her GP, a consultant paediatrician, education representatives and a police officer.

 

"I will fight for Connor, I will not let them take him away from me," she said.

 

"How can he be a victim of child abuse? We all love him.

 

"If he was abused I would not be feeding him, I would not be jumping to his every beck and call to make him food to eat."

 

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Primary Care Trust said they had worked with the family for some time, and were concerned about Connor's health and wellbeing.

 

The problem of child obesity is escalating. Around 13.4 per cent of children under ten are obese - compared with 9.9 per cent in 1995.

 

Problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which previously only affected adults, have been found in children.

 

The Government has said it wants to halt the yearly increase in obesity by 2010.

 

Bit in bold shows that she is probably a mixture of being a bit thick, a bit lazy, and a bit lacking in support from family in my opinion.

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Really find it difficult to have sympathy for the kid, it's his own fault for being such a greedy b******.

 

Never been told no though has he?

 

Very true, the parents have to accept a portion of the blame, but the majority lies with himself...

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Really find it difficult to have sympathy for the kid, it's his own fault for being such a greedy b******.

 

Never been told no though has he?

 

Very true, the parents have to accept a portion of the blame, but the majority lies with himself...

 

Other way around imo. He's eight years old.

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Another case of the state trying to flex those control muscles, what this kid and his parents need are help and sympathy not turmoil which taking the kid away into care would cause, and help no-one, least of all the poor kid. That said, the parents want slapped for allowing their kid to become so obese, no excuses really.

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I don't give a shit if he's eight years old. When I was that age I knew the difference between right and wrong, it's just pure greed he could easily stop himself. Having said this Dave is right when he says the parents haven't helped matters at all.

 

I really think a stern talking to would solve the issue. Words along the lines of "Carry on and you'll kill yourself" would do a world of good...

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I don't give a shit if he's eight years old. When I was that age I knew the difference between right and wrong

 

And where did you get the difference from?

 

Exactly.

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Another case of the state trying to flex those control muscles, what this kid and his parents need are help and sympathy not turmoil which taking the kid away into care would cause, and help no-one, least of all the poor kid. That said, the parents want slapped for allowing their kid to become so obese, no excuses really.

 

His mother wants leathered tbh.  Listen to this man:

 

In an interview for tomorrow's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, she added that Connor wants "chips with everything", loves curry, and snacks junk food all day while sitting at the computer.

 

 

He wants chips with everything, does he?  Well fucking tell him he's having salad.  He loves curry, does he?  He's 8 years old you stupid bitch, he's not going out and buying curries for himself, is he?  And he snacks junk food all day as well?  Right, and who's stocking the cupboards with junk food?

 

Fucking thick as pigshit man.  Her son will be dead by the time he's 30 if she doesn't do something to sort it out now.  "In a way I hope that he has a disease or syndrome, so that he can be given a tablet or treatment that will make it all stop."  No, he doesn't have a disease, he just has a stupid mother.

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I don't give a s*** if he's eight years old. When I was that age I knew the difference between right and wrong

 

And where did you learn the difference from?

 

Relatives, teachers, friends as you'd expect...

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Another case of the state trying to flex those control muscles, what this kid and his parents need are help and sympathy not turmoil which taking the kid away into care would cause, and help no-one, least of all the poor kid. That said, the parents want slapped for allowing their kid to become so obese, no excuses really.

 

His mother wants leathered tbh.  Listen to this man:

 

In an interview for tomorrow's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, she added that Connor wants "chips with everything", loves curry, and snacks junk food all day while sitting at the computer.

 

 

He wants chips with everything, does he?  Well f****** tell him he's having salad.  He loves curry, does he?  He's 8 years old you stupid bitch, he's not going out and buying curries for himself, is he?  And he snacks junk food all day as well?  Right, and who's stocking the cupboards with junk food?

 

f****** thick as pigshit man.  Her son will be dead by the time he's 30 if she doesn't do something to sort it out now.  "In a way I hope that he has a disease or syndrome, so that he can be given a tablet or treatment that will make it all stop."  No, he doesn't have a disease, he just has a stupid mother.

 

Saying this, why isn't his sister a similar size to him?

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I don't give a shit if he's eight years old. When I was that age I knew the difference between right and wrong, it's just pure greed he could easily stop himself. Having said this Dave is right when he says the parents haven't helped matters at all.

 

I really think a stern talking to would solve the issue. Words along the lines of "Carry on and you'll kill yourself" would do a world of good...

 

Children of 8 don't cook their own meals.  And they don't buy the groceries.  If all the shit that he eats wasn't in the house in ludicrous quantities, he wouldn't be waddling about the place.  It's the mother's fault, not the kid's.  He's been brought up to eat what he wants, when he wants, so at 8 he's not about to all of a sudden think that he'd best tell his mother to start serving salad, is he?

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Another case of the state trying to flex those control muscles, what this kid and his parents need are help and sympathy not turmoil which taking the kid away into care would cause, and help no-one, least of all the poor kid. That said, the parents want slapped for allowing their kid to become so obese, no excuses really.

 

His mother wants leathered tbh.  Listen to this man:

 

In an interview for tomorrow's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, she added that Connor wants "chips with everything", loves curry, and snacks junk food all day while sitting at the computer.

 

 

He wants chips with everything, does he?  Well f****** tell him he's having salad.  He loves curry, does he?  He's 8 years old you stupid bitch, he's not going out and buying curries for himself, is he?  And he snacks junk food all day as well?  Right, and who's stocking the cupboards with junk food?

 

f****** thick as pigshit man.  Her son will be dead by the time he's 30 if she doesn't do something to sort it out now.  "In a way I hope that he has a disease or syndrome, so that he can be given a tablet or treatment that will make it all stop."  No, he doesn't have a disease, he just has a stupid mother.

 

Saying this, why isn't his sister a similar size to him?

 

He threatens to eat her if she doesn't give him her tea.

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