One of HOOP UK’s priorities is to work with families to help children struggling with obesity. The daughter of one of our members, Hollie, now 18, has spoken to the Children’s Food Trust to tell her story as part of a campaign the charity is running in its mission to get every child in the UK eating well.
Commenting on the story which Children’s Food Trust published today, HOOP UK’s CEO Lesley McCormack said: “We are immensely proud of Hollie and how brave she has been to speak up about her struggle with childhood obesity and being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes at only 16 years of age.
“It’s stories like Hollie’s that help to break down the stigma surrounding obesity and the mentality of blaming parents which isn’t helpful. Offering non-judgmental guidance and support to parents and their children is how we are making real strides in understanding and tackling childhood obesity.
“Hollie was one of a few members who volunteered to speak to the Children’s Food Trust after we put a call out for people willing to help in the charity’s educational campaign. HOOP UK and the Children’s Food Trust have great synergy, so we were delighted to assist. We are also committed to working with them by continuing to share both the knowledge and experiences of all our members as well as experts working within HOOP to help children and parents across the UK.”
Check out Hollie’s story below.