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Parents Arrested Over Obese 11-Year-Old Son

The parents of an 11-year-old boy who weighs 15 stone have been arrested on suspicion of neglect for allowing their son to become obese.

Police have defended their actions saying it was rare to make such an arrest after questioning the couple over child cruelty.

The man and woman, who have not been named, were interviewed under caution on the grounds of child cruelty.

The child's mother has claimed the family had been trying to get the boy to lose weight by encouraging him to play more active games on his Wii games console.

She also said her family was predisposed to being overweight.

The woman, from King's Lynn in Norfolk, told The Sun newspaper: "The idea they could take away my son scares me so much.

"His weight isn't that much of a big deal.

"I'm chubby and the whole of my husband's side of the family is big. It's genetics - you can be genetically fat."

Police have defended their decision to arrest the parents, saying officers from the child abuse investigation unit worked closely with health and social services to deal with "sensitive issues such as obesity and neglect of a child".

A spokesman said: "While it is inappropriate to comment on this case specifically, it is important to stress that intervention at this level is very rare and will only occur where other attempts to protect the child have been unsuccessful."

It is understood the arrest was made after doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn raised their concerns with officers after treating the boy, who is already known to social services.

The 5ft 1in boy has a body mass index of 41.9, which means he is classified as very overweight or obese.

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