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Is it ever right to tell your daughter she’s fat?

That’s the question Jeremy Vine was posing on his BBC 2 radio show the other day, after a mother sparked a debate by talking publicly about her own child’s weight problems.

No, would be the obvious answer.

Just as it’s probably not a good idea to tell any child they are ugly, stupid or useless. Fat is a cruel word. But there’s actually a bigger issue than semantics at stake.

Parents shouldn’t need to tell their children they are fat. That only passes the buck and implies that the problem is somehow their own fault.

If your child is overweight, you do have an issue to deal with.

But the more pertinent question would be: Did I make my child that way?