British journalist Hilary Freeman was searching for a nursery for her daughter — but when an overweight caretaker tended to her child at one of the trials, she knew the school wasn’t for her.
Despite describing the woman as “kind and great with children,” Freeman couldn’t fathom the idea of leaving her child in her care.
“She was only in her 20’s, but she was already obese — morbidly so. She moved slowly and breathlessly, her face flushed,” Freeman wrote for the Daily Mail. “Would she, I wondered, have the lightning reflexes needed to save an adventurous toddler from imminent danger?”
Freeman later opted to send her daughter to a school where “the staff are all a healthy weight” — yet she denies her decision was in any way discriminatory.
“What sort of unhealthy habits would she teach my daughter, who would be eating her lunch and tea there each day?” she asks, reaching for justification.
But readers aren’t buying it. The article, published Sept. 7, has received ongoing criticism on Twitter.