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Couple 'too fat to adopt'

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A council has defended its position on adoption after a couple from Leeds were refused a child because the husband was too fat.

Radio 5 live listeners Damien and Charlotte Hall were told in a letter from Leeds City Council that Mr Hall's Body Mass Index had to be below 40 before they could adopt.

In a statement the council said they had a legal responsibility to ensure that children are placed with adopters who are able to provide the best possible lifelong care.

"Part of this responsibility is advice for applicants on a range of suitability criteria, including any health and lifestyle issues which may impact on an applicant's long term ability to adopt."

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