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Obese teens: Should the state do more?

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How was it possible that the 63 stone Welsh teenager, Georgia Davis, was allowed to become so overweight that she needed to be cut free from her house after collapsing with breathing problems?

Sunday Times columnist Minette Marrin says social services "should have stepped in years ago". She wonders why Georgia Davis was put on the at-risk register "when that risk wasn't dealt with".

"There is a clear picture of a child in terrible need of help long before you describe her as a grown-up teenager", she told the Today programme's Sarah Montague.

Enver Solomon, policy director at Children's Society, believes the question is whether the right help given at the right time.

"The evidence is absolutely clear that early intervention is critical," he argues.

"It is not a question of whether a child is obese but whether agencies take the view that the child's best interest needs to be at the heart of the decisions they make", he told the programme.


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