Hello. I’m 25 years old, 6 feet tall and a keen rugby player. I weigh 14 stone.
This week’s edition of ‘Tonight With Trevor MacDonald’ will feature a report about someone else who weighs 14 stone. Big effing deal, you cry. Oh, he’s eight years old by the way.
Connor McCreaddie from Wallsend is fat. I’m writing this while gazing at a photo of the young lad bestride a mini-bike. Oh no, wait; it’s a full size motobike (perspective goes out the window with fatties, doesn’t it?). He has to ride it to school, unable as he is to complete the seven-minute walk without collapsing. The boy’s mother has been warned by local authorities that if Connor doesn’t lose weight he may be taken into care. Her response: “I feel like there’s nothing I can do.”
Stop feeding him chips for a start, bitch.
Sorry. When I see stories like this my first reaction is to laugh (at fatty) and then get angry when I realise I live in the same society that could allow this to happen to a child. Of course, all attention is on the mother, Nicola McKeown (no mention of a father although the ‘Stay-Puffed’ Marshmallow Man was sighted in the Wallsend area some years ago) who has been ordered by a combination of social workers, doctors and teachers to put Connor on a diet immediately. She said of this: “I try and do all the groundwork, but people feed him in the street like a pet.”
There is debate of course, that his “condition” is the result of a genetic disorder although no evidence of asthma or diabetes has been found. North Tyneside Council have been criticised for even threatening to put Connor into care as there is seemingly no evidence of abuse and Connor seems perfectly happy to remain. Must be all those e-numbers.
At school he is a constant target for bullying and is now exempt from wearing uniform as it is unavailable in his size.
Back to mum: “It worries me sick as I hear him choking at night time… (well KitKats are difficult to eat lying down) “and in a way, I hope he does have a disease or syndrome so he can be given treatment.”
I think everyone is looking at this the wrong way. They’d know what to do in China: SUMO!!!!!