In Which Pooh and Piglet go Digital…

Every now and again we ‘olds’ get a signal that we have lived for long enough.

There is a ‘trial’ (appropriate word) happening in Manchester, England which weighs children annually from the age of three, informing parents through a website if their little darlings are ‘obese’.

This fresh invasion of the Fit Police will use nurseries and schools as vehicles for its activities, so evidence of their victims’ frailties can be freely exchanged among classmates and friends.  These zealots happily admit that their desire is to encourage a spirit of competition between parents and the children as to who is fittest, tallest, etc..

I can stand the patronising arrogance of the Nanny State, I can even forgive the enormous amount spent on the wasted education of those who can only find direction by becoming a part of it, but the least I might ask some of these people to do is B****Y WELL THINK!

Every time you reward success in a child you generate a black cloud of despondency amongst the nine-tenths who cannot win – will never win, and for all sorts of reasons.  By creating a god you generate a continuous string of sacrifices.  Worse, you encourage children to hang labels on each other at an even younger age, and children are very free, and very cruel, with labels.  Worst of all, you spark in those children who do not conform to your quasi-Arian image a downward spiral of diminishing self-esteem that will lead to depression, anxiety, anorexia, and social alienation.

And we all know the damage social alienation, labelling, and bullying can do, don’t we?  Especially if it becomes entangled with a knife or a gun?

Too extreme?  No.  Too easy.  Easy to start with an infant on a set of scales and build an adolescent with a grudge.

15 responses to “In Which Pooh and Piglet go Digital…”

  1. Oh, that is so sad! As if there isn’t enough conflict, despair and co mparison in life already! You certainly chose the right song to accompany this item. 😦

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    1. Dear old Britain at its obsessive best, eh Linda? I particularly liked the way the item was presented on the BBC, with a spokesperson trying to convince the presenter that the ‘service’ had been welcomed by ‘the parents of Manchester’. Which vied, apparently, with the stream of tweets and emails it generated from parents in the rest of the country. Curiously, those emails weren’t mentioned in subsequent bulletins. I wonder why?

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  2. This is appalling! Despicable, sad, ludicrous…..there aren’t enough words to describe how wrong this is. I hope their is enough outcry in Manchester, that the “trial” is quickly abolished!

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    1. Excuse my typo. Just angry!

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      1. Mae, your typos are just lovely! I agree, of course. I’m afraid my post was something of a gut reaction very similar to your own, but the more I think about this, the more sinister it becomes, because this amounts to a massive information gathering exercise. It’s frightening to think of the volume of targeted advertising these parents might subsequently receive, just as one example.

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        1. That’s horrific!

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  3. Jane Sturgeon Avatar
    Jane Sturgeon

    This is beyond belief; have they lost all reason?? Yes, they have and I try not to judge. They are disconnecting our youth from their own feelings. They are shutting down the vulnerable part of youngsters, which is the birthplace of connection to themselves and others and creativity and replacing it with measuring and labelling and lack of self worth. These youngsters will end up as adults calling people like me, as they feel lost to themselves. May the adults driving this ‘initiative’ forward hang their heads in shame and stop….right now. Hugs for you xXx

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    1. Hi Jane! Not a happy one, this. I am genuinely frightened by the image of childhood this next generation seems to possess. Gone is any recognition of innocence, or difference, or individuality. We appear to be diving into a political pool where we are unable to celebrate difference, whether it be race, or sexual orientation, or religion, without being automatically accused of prejudice. We all must conform, apparently. Hugs manifold!

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      1. Jane Sturgeon Avatar
        Jane Sturgeon

        Hopefully, those of us who have never conformed can stop this happening, as we are all perfectly imperfect individuals. Unlimited hugs for you. xXx

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  4. How idiotic, to ensure a child knows it’s a ‘fat bas***d’ as the other kids will call it and how parents will cringe when they walk anywhere near the parents of the fittest children. This is not tough love, it’s no love at all. If the government want to help, they could ensure that fresh produce is cheaper than gut busting fast food and not try shaming people like this.

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    1. With which I wholeheartedly agree, David. Using the ‘online service’ means of information is prejudicial in itself. And the direct correlation between obesity and poverty seems to have become an unfashionable statistic for the purposes of this exercise. Hugs


  5. That’s terrible. It’s one thing to educate parents and kids about healthy eating, but focusing on their weight and making it a competition is demeaning to them all.

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    1. Hi Amy! I agree. It seems that in order to defend our grotesquely under-funded National Health Service we have to be subjected to these attempts to transform the island population into a race of super-fit alpha types. I guess Manchester is as good a place as any to start.

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      1. Hate to say it, but that sounds a little like Nazi Youth. Hopefully without the racist hate messages.

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        1. Great oaks from little acorns?

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