Weight warning letters to parents need to be toned down, says NHS

The NHS has told health experts that they need to change the wording used on letters to parents, warning about their child's weight.

Health experts have been asked to 'water down' the language that they use to tell parents that their child is overweight. The organisation has claimed that letters should be phrased in a "non-judgemental and positive way." This is due to the fact that parents could feel like they are being criticised by the letters.

According to dailymail.co.uk, the new guidance to health experts states: "While wording can be changed to meet local needs, the guidance says it 'is important to consider that parents receiving the letter may be sensitive to the information and feel that their parenting skills are being criticised."

The new changes to the letter come despite the fact that 25 per cent of boys and 33 per cent of girls between the ages of two and 19 years are now overweight or obese, according to weightlossresdources.co.uk. Those parents who do think their child is overweight and are worried about their health may want to take their to their local GP, who could recommend a healthy eating plan, or maybe other options such as a counselling course to get to the root of the problem.

Many parents have complained about the letters in the past, with some even saying they were "outraged".