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Liverpool City Council considers 'obesity' word ban

Obese child
"Obesity" is an offensive word, say Liverpool schoolchildren

Liverpool City Council is to consider banning the word obesity in its literature aimed at children.

The Liverpool Schools Parliament has asked for the description "unhealthy weight" to be used instead.

The 90 nine to 11-year-olds believe that obesity is offensive and may de-motivate overweight children.

A council spokesman said that the proposal would be considered after it invited ideas for its Children and Young People's Plan (CYPP).

It could be adopted as part of official strategies to improve children's lives in the city over the next two years.

"We can't change government terminology or clinicians' terminology, but we can look at changing how we communicate weight issues in council reports and in our communications with children," said the spokesman.

The proposal would be considered over the next two months, he said.

The Liverpool Schools Parliament represents the views of schoolchildren across the city and is consulted by the city council on youth issues.

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