Eamonn Holmes shut down by guest in heated debate over schools weighing kids

Eamonn Holmes was shut down by a This Morning guest in heated debate over schools weighing kids.

Weight loss expert Steve Miller said teachers intervening was the hope for overweight kids.

He clashed with fellow guest Rachel Halliwell, who argued that calling children ‘fat’ was not a good enough solution to the obesity epidemic.

Steve reeled off stats such as in the last four years there has been a 40 per cent increase in type 2 diabetes in children and a third of those aged between two and 15 are obese.

But Eamonn hit back by insisting there was no need for a "walk of shame" where kids are weighed in public.

When Rachel claimed children should not be weighed and called ‘fat’, Steve started to get annoyed.

He said: "This is where I get cross. You’re assuming teachers and pupils will call them fat – that’s unfair."

"If this measure helps saves lives, which I believe it will, I don’t see a problem. It’s got to be done with sensitivity and care."

Rachel suggested weighing pupils was a "small, ineffectual solution to a huge problem"

But Steve argued those parents who don’t take responsibility for their children’s weight "shouldn’t have kids".

Not sugar coating the situation, he said: "It’s often because the parents are overweight, lets not wrap this up."

Interrupting, Eamonn suggested: "So we should be weighing the parents?"

Shutting down Eamonn, Steve replied: "Hang on!"

He added: "There are some parents who do not take this responsibility seriously."

*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10.30am

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