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Heaviest 5-year-old recorded in UK taken into custody

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If your child is overweight, watch out, government officials could take him or her away from you. At least that's what officials in the UK did to parents who let their 5-year-old child weigh more than 143 pounds.

According to an article published Sunday Times UK on Sunday, Britain's fattest 5-year-old has been taken into care after weighing in at more than 143 pounds, which is at least three times the weight of a normal healthy five-year-old child.

Child protection experts told the the case was "a tragedy", expressing disbelief that action was not taken sooner by the local council.

The newspaper says the girl was seized in Newport, South Wales, weighing approximately 145 pounds – heavier than any 5-year-old of either sex recorded in an English school since 2008. Typically, girls that age weigh about 42 pounds.

Newport city council said the decision was made purely because of the girl’s obesity.

The Daily Mail says, a Newport Council spokesman said: ‘The well being of children and young people is of paramount importance and at the heart of all the work that is done by our children’s services department.

‘It would be inappropriate to comment further on this case in the best interests of the child.’

Two years ago a Cleveland, OH woman had her 8-year-old child taken away by the Department of Children and Family services because he weighed over 200 pounds.

In 2011 a 132 pound 3-year-old boy in China was being called a "medical mystery' while doctors and parents couldn't figure out how he was gaining so much weight.

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