Now's columnist Katie Hopkins on why a fat child is so upsetting to see

Making My Fat Story was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Putting on 4st to prove fat people are lazy was horrific. If it hadn’t been my idea I would’ve quit – and I don’t like quitters any more than I like fat people.

The most upsetting thing of all is a fat child. Watching fat parents drop off fat kids at school in their cars makes me so angry my teeth itch and my nipples twizzle. If I had my way, any child busting out of their shorts would be sent to special sports schools until they made the grade.

Being fat is a problem that’s killing us in the UK. We’re ‘the fat capital’ of Europe, with one in 11 deaths linked to excess fat. One in 10 of our four-year-olds starts school already overweight or obese. By the time they leave primary school, one in three is in a plus-size school uniform.

Parents are to blame. But while we’d be outraged if they were giving their children killers like cigarettes and alcohol, we daren’t tell them their kid’s obese for fear of causing offence. I believe if you need to offend to get a point across, offend away. However, there are also positive ways to spread the message. That’s where my fabulous Fat Club plays an important role.

The first rule of Fat Club is being honest with yourself: ‘I’m overweight. This is my problem. I need to own my problems.’ It won’t be easy. To lose 4st, I didn’t have a nutritionist or personal trainer, I exercised outside of working hours and didn’t belong to a gym. I didn’t want people to give themselves excuses.

One thing I hear a lot is: ‘It was easy for you because you put weight on quickly, so you could lose it more easily.’ To counter this, I created Fat Club. Amy and Lydia were original members – they’d been overweight for a while, but have since lost over 4st between them. They’re now running Fat Club on Facebook for everyone to join.

It’s free, supportive and only members can see your posts. There’s one key message: eat less, move more. They don’t talk fad diets or calorie restrictions, but do share healthy recipes, cheap ways to eat well and ideas for moving more without spending a penny.

Now we’re encouraging people to take the Fat Club 30 Day Challenge. My first challenge to you this week is to exercise during TV ad breaks. Instead of sitting there eating crisps, march on the spot or dance around.

Small steps make a big difference. Fat Club’s helped 4,000 men and women change their lives for the better. Why don’t you join them?

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