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Would you employ an overweight nanny?

43 replies

AnnaInManchester · 09/05/2005 16:19

Just wondering if you mums and dads would emply an overweight nanny. I just remember a mother once saying that most fat nannies are lazy and have no energy and sit on their lazy backsides all day infront of the tv eating the house out, getting the kids fat in the process!!! Discuss....

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Evesmama · 09/05/2005 16:20 we go..let battle commence

SPARKLER1 · 09/05/2005 16:20

Shock Shock

WigWamBam · 09/05/2005 16:22

Well, I'm not a nanny but I am a mother, and despite being fat myself, I am not lazy, I do not sit in front of the telvision all day and I do not eat the house out. Neither is my daughter overweight. How dare anyone suggest that the size I or anyone else is has any bearing whatsoever on the quality of care that I can give my daughter.

Sponge · 09/05/2005 16:23

Well my nanny's quite a chunky lass but she has bags of energy and is great with the kids. She does eat quite a bit though - I can't keep a packet of biscuits in the house any more .

SPARKLER1 · 09/05/2005 16:24

Oh Oh what have you started?

peckarollover · 09/05/2005 16:25


tweetyfish · 09/05/2005 16:26

WWW you have said excatly what I wanted to. I'm overweight and think I'm doing an excellent job. I hope that when my kids grow up they'll know enough not to ask such questions based on size, or any other physical attribute!!!

starlover · 09/05/2005 16:26

I would not employ a nanny who was lazy, sat in front of the tv all day and got my kids fat... be she fat or thin

pleaserewind · 09/05/2005 16:26

if we are just talking overweight, why would that be a problem? i'm quite skinny, eat loads and i'm always knackered. maybe if the person was obese, then it could be that they couldn't run around as much or would tire quicker. I don't know....

pleaserewind · 09/05/2005 16:29

yeah, just to add, my friend who is about 3 times my size, has bags more energy, more organized and generally happier than me and does a fantastic job with her child.

littlemissbossy · 09/05/2005 16:30

Are you a journalist? is this research for your next article? or are you really just mad..... what are you starting here?

WigWamBam · 09/05/2005 16:30

I'm classed as obese and can assure you I have no problems running around after my dd.

ssd · 09/05/2005 16:31

Sorry to not even answer that question!

What's with putting "discuss" at the end?

This reminds me of someone else, discuss!

dropinthe · 09/05/2005 16:32

I wouldnt employ a nanny and I'm fat and only sit on my fat arse to type on here for the odd hour a day-the rest of the time I NEVER sit on my fat arse!

Blu · 09/05/2005 16:33

To be blunt, Anna, I wouldn't give a thought's space to anything about a nanny's looks if she was good for the job - which wouldn't, I'm afraid, include smashing things up when upset. Sorry.

lunavix · 09/05/2005 16:34

I wouldn't employ a nanny who ate a lot of junk and unhealthy food. Sadly lots of skinny people can do this and work it off! And sadly a lot of overweight people don't, and still can't shift any weight.

I also wouldn't employ a 'lazy' nanny.

But you can't tell these things from an interview can you.

Caligula · 09/05/2005 16:35

Yes if she was the right candidate for the job.

Can't be bothered to discuss a frankly stupid proposition.

WigWamBam · 09/05/2005 16:36

But what you can tell from an interview is how the person reacts to children, what their experience is, what their attitude and outlook to life is. Which is all a better indication of their ability to look after children than their size.

RTKangaMummy · 09/05/2005 16:37

This is an interesting question but rather strange.

I am very fat

I do sit here on mumsnet all day while watching tv

I do not eat alot cos that would mean getting off my fat behind and walking into the kitchen

I work as a childminder {part time} and when I am working I spend most of my time kneeling or crawling on the floor building railways, or running round the garden playing football with mindee.

I don't have time for mumsnet or TV

My DS is not fat {by any stretch of the imagination}



uwila · 09/05/2005 16:38

And I was just thinking how quite the chilcare threads have been in the past few day....

If my nanny was fat because she was lazy and had poor nutritional habits then that would be a problem. But, the problem would be the laziness and poor nutritional habits, no the fact that she is fat. So, I suppose that being fat could be an indication of a problem. But, it is not in itself a problem. Also, I'm sure there are plenty of skinny nannies who aren't up to snuff.

Sponge · 09/05/2005 16:38

I don't really care what she eats herself as long as she feeds the kids good food (which generally is what we have in the house).
Hard to tell if someone is going to be lazy from an interview as you say lunarvix but I don't think weight has much bearing on the issue anyway.

RTKangaMummy · 09/05/2005 16:43

ANNA it is interesting because I am not sure what kind of reaction you wanted

What have you been told?

Are you FAT?

uwila · 09/05/2005 16:43

I don't care what she eats on her own time and away from the kids. But I do most certainly care what she eats in front of the kids, as I beilieve it is very important for a nanny to lead by example. If she gives DD an apple and she herself sits down with a piece of cake, well which one is DD going to want?

RTKangaMummy · 09/05/2005 16:46

What about a skinny nanny working for a fat family?

If nanny wanted to give the child an apple and parents wanted child to have cake?



uwila · 09/05/2005 16:48

I was thinking the same thing, Kanga. BTW (radical subject change here), how's your DH?

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