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Boy who weighs 17st could die if he doesn’t get over food addiction, mum warns

The mother of an obese 10-year-old boy fears he could die if he cannot overcome his food addiction.

At 17-stone, Kyon Fritz Marriott weighs 13 stone more than the national average for children his age.

Now his mum Nadine says a lack of funding to the NHS means he won’t get the treatment he needs to save his life.

***Online usage fee ?150 per image. Print fee ?250. Embargoed until 2pm on 12/08/18*** Kyon Fritz Marriott and his mother Nadine. Kyon 10, who weighs 17 STONE feels like a 'slave' to his weight and fears food addiction may kill him Kyon's mum claims the NHS has let him down as he can't get the help she claims will save his life

Kyon Fritz Marriott is believed to be Britain’s most obese primary school child (Picture: Sunday Mirror)

The 44-year-old wants the year 5 pupil to attend MoreLife, the UK’s only residential weight loss camp.

But government cuts mean that not a single child has been referred to the £4,000 scheme this year.

Instead the NHS have suggested that Kyon waits two years to undergo surgery instead – which will cost more than twice as much.

‘I am scared for my child. I am scared that if obesity doesn’t kill him, the bullies will,’ Nadine told the Sunday Mirror.

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‘I don’t understand why the NHS will fund expensive surgery but they won’t fund the psychological help he needs. Who knows what state he will be in by the time he is 12?’

She went on to add: ‘I live in fear that if his weight doesn’t destroy his health he will end up stabbed or beaten to death by the bullies who are making his life hell.’

Kyon, who is believed to be Britain’s most obese primary school child, is also desperate to find help for his food addiction, describing himself as a ‘slave’ to his weight.

‘People at school call me fat boy, burger boy or Homer Simpson. They kick and headbutt me,’ he said.

‘I feel like a prisoner. I can’t go out and live a normal life.’

The youngster, who has a 47-inch waist, regularly steals crisps and chocolate from the family kitchen to binge eat in the bathroom of his south London home.

Nadine, whose other son and daughter are both healthy weights, says it is hard to know exactly how much Kyon eats as so much of it is consumed in secret.

She visited a GP’s surgery last year and was referred to a endocrinology clinic at King’s College Hospital for blood tests and scans.

But afterwards she claimed the support went no further than a doctor suggesting he could get surgery at 12 years old.

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‘When I first saw he had been stealing food, my heart broke. Now every time I hear the fridge door open I panic,’ she said.

‘I constantly ask him what he’s doing. But I have to put my hands up as mum.’

Sadly Kyon’s case is just one of a growing number of children who are fighting obesity at a young age.

A report last month revealed that one in 25 British 10 and 11-year-olds are grossly overweight, while there are currently 2.5 million obese children in the UK.

MoreLife have since offered Kyon a place at their weight loss camp for 2019.



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