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  Harry Potter is 'bad for fat kids'
Updated 22 February 2002, 16.01
Dudley (right) with his parents Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon
The Harry Potter books are 'fattist' because they portray overweight kids in a bad way, it's been claimed.

Harry's cousin Dudley is overweight - and he's also selfish, stupid, lazy and greedy.

The charity Weight Concern reckons more kids will see fat children in this way - and this could lead to them being bullied at school.

Harry Potter
In the books, Harry's life is made miserable by his large cousin Dudley, who is spoiled rotten by his evil aunt and uncle.

Dudley scoffs his food down, demands presents and cries like a baby whenever he doesn't get his own way.

But some parent and teacher groups have rubbished the claims as "madness", and say the Harry Potter books are great because they encourage kids to read more.

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