But it seems ridiculous to suggest that we refrain from giving parents critical information about their child’s health for fear of upsetting them. One in five children leaves primary school obese. That’s one in five who faces a lifetime of increased risk of serious health issues and premature death due to dietary and lifestyle choices they had little control over in their childhood. That’s cruel.
Some parents have written off the warnings, chalking it up to puppy fat or their child’s “solid frame”. Yes, the BMI measure the government uses isn’t perfect; someone very muscular and carrying little fat can show up as obese. But that’s far more likely to be a problem for the Olympic cycling team than a four-year-old.
It’s really not cyclists who are likely to fall foul of BMI mismeasurements.
Just really not cyclists.