A slimming company has apologised after pupils at a County Antrim school were given a weight-loss club leaflet.
Pupils from Tonagh Primary in Lisburn “ve been given” flyers in their homework folders advertising Slimming World.
A mother, who asked not to be named, contacted the Ulster Star newspaper saying she was unhappy with the message it was sending her daughters.
Tonagh Primary’s principal said it was “not our intention to cause any offence to parents or children of this school”.
However, the mother who complained said: “Kids, and especially younger daughters, see how females are judged by their size every day.
“Primary school children who are learning to read shouldn’t be given promotional ad indicating happy lives are for slim people.”
A spokesperson for Slimming World has apologised, and told the BBC the company would not advise consultants to distribute flyers in this way.
“Slimming World consultants work hard to induce people within their local community aware of the support they provide for those who want to lose weight, and these leaflets were intended for parents , not the children of Tonagh Primary School, ” she said.
“We don’t advise that our consultants promote their groups in this way and following this feedback we’ll be offering further guidance on the best ways to share information about their groups that cause least offence.”
Parents and local people rushed to defend the school on the Ulster Star’s Facebook page.