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Overweight daughter who weighed 40 stone dies at 20

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The Overweight daughter, Samantha Packham weighed more than 40 stone when she died in hospital as she was being hoisted out of her bed, aged just 20.
As a young woman, she had been taken away from her family and put into care after they failed to get a grip on her eating. She was one of the youngest victims of the obesity crisis.

Sam’s parents Malcolm and Jan both admitted to Nicole Fifield in the Sunday People they could have done more to prevent her death but they failed-they also hit out at social services, claiming one of her foster families left Samantha home alone with takeaway menus, simply adding to the problem.

Malcolm, 44, said: ‘We take ­responsibility – we hold our hands up and admit we messed up.
‘We should have set her ­boundaries with food, but we didn’t and now we’ve paid the worst price.’

Samantha, who had learning difficulties, was among 74 children taken into care for their own protection in the five years to February 2014.

Councils revealed last year that one youngster weighed 23 stone and eight were more than 20 stone.
Social services became involved with Samantha after a concerned outsider called Brighton and Hove Council to report their concerns.

Family: Malcom, Jan and Samamtha

Family: Malcom, Jan and Samamtha

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