In response to the article written by The Mail Online today, we would first of all like to congratulate Elizabeth Thomson for having the courage to stand up for the help she needs for her daughter and for all of those other overweight children in our country and anxious parents who do not know which way to turn.
Let us not forget that HOOP was set up by Lesley McCormack whose daughter Allie was just like Holly Anne and who, after a huge amount of work and heartache from her parents, received the help she needed at one of the More-Life camps.
HOOP is the voice of the obese person. Our aim is to make the voice of our members heard. Brave individuals like Elizabeth, who has been willing to stick her head above the parapet, make our voice so very much louder. As we expected, the comments made have attempted to shoot her down, but she was prepared for this.
We have hundreds and hundreds of parents in HOOP who are at their wits end and do not know where to turn. Cases like this highlight that it is not only the child that suffers, but also the whole family can be effected. Our members understand that parents have accountability – of course they do – but they are calling out for help, guidance and support to be able to help their children grow into healthy adults. Elizabeth, like our founder Lesley, is struggling to access appropriate services.
This is where change needs to happen.
In 2014, HOOP published an insightful report highlighting government spend on obesity in comparison to that allocated to other health services. This was done following a survey of local authority spend under the Freedom of Information Act.
The report can be seen here.
HOOP is about to publish the updated version for this past year’s findings. This will be available within the next week. The results are hugely disappointing as the information gathered indicates a drop in spend around this crucial health issue.
HOOP is ready and willing to work with government health bodies to improve this situation. There is a need for Less Talk and More Action!