Indeed Nanny is so keen on fat issues that she wants to set up a database to monitor every child in the country, including their diet.
Yet some health researchers argue that being overweight is actually beneficial: it's the dieting that kills.
In Septicland, the land that gave us WMD in Iraq, no less a person that the US surgeon general has claimed that obesity is "a greater threat than weapons of mass destruction".
Errmmm...is anyone buying that hyperbole?
Nanny needless to say, as she follows all things American, is eager to jump on the bandwagon. Nanny wants to introduce a £224M "Children's Index".
What the fark is a "Children's Index" then Ken?
I will tell you...
A "Children's Index" is a database of every child in the country, that will chart progress from birth to adulthood and will flag up "concerns" about each child's development.
Two "flags" on a child's record will trigger an official investigation into his or her family.
Interestingly Nanny's Information Commissioner, in a report issued in November, is very critical of the scheme.
"Government policy proposes treating all parents
as if they cannot be trusted to bring up their children."
Seemingly, one of the proposed danger signs on the Children's Index would be if the child were not eating the Nanny approved amount of fruit and vegetables each day.
Yet there is no scientific evidence to support the fat myths propgated by the media, Nanny and the diet food industry.
- The recently published Health Survey for England, 2004 shows no significant increase in the weight of children in recent years. The Department of Health report found that from 1995 to 2003 there was only a one-pound increase in children's average weight.
- The Thousand Families Study found little connection between overweight children and adult obesity. In the study, four out of five obese people became obese as adults, not as children.
- In the US it is estimated that 10% of high school pupils suffer from eating disorders, brought about by the incessant media message that slim is good and fat is bad.
- In 2004, a World Health Organisation study of British pupils found that overweight children ate sweets less frequently than normal weight children did. Children who ate larger amounts of junk food actually had less chance of being overweight.
- In America there was a rapid increase in the number of overweight people in the early years of this decade. However, that is because the goal posts were moved! The classification of what was "overweight" was reduced from those with a body mass index of 27, to those of 25.
- In 2005 a US Centres for Disease Control study found the lowest death rates among overweight people.
- A 2004 Harvard University study examined 14,000 children, and found that junk food did not lead to obesity.
- 95% of dieters are fatter five years after their diet then when they started to trim.
- The Iowa Women's Health Study and the American Cancer Society study found that weight loss was associated with higher rates of mortality.