Good news everybody, Nanny has banned obesity!
Well OK, she hasn't banned the condition itself. She is thinking of banning the word "obesity".
Nanny's chums from Liverpool council have been told by children at the Liverpool Schools' Parliament that the word "obesity" is offensive.
Fair enough, so what do you call someone who is overweight then?
Oh yes, that sends the right message doesn't it?
Jeff Dunn, co-ordinator of the schools' parliament told the Liverpool Echo:
"The idea is that obesity has a negative connotation behind it. They felt unhealthy weight is more positive and a better way to promote it. The term 'obese' would turn people off, particularly young people."
So the logic is that because obesity sounds "not very good", then we must have a "nice" way to tell people they are fat.
Needless to say by hiding the reality in a sugar coated form the council will in effect be avoiding the issue, and not helping the children face reality.
However, in Nanny's world reality is whatever she wants it to be.
By the way, "obese" is a technical term used to describe someone who is more than just "overweight". The new classification will simply lump all "overweight" people together.
Despite this Liverpool Council are going to seriously consider banning the word!
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