- Published on Monday, 12 June 2006
Honorary Chairman of The Child Growth Foundation
Tam Fry, 73, Honorary Chairman of the Child Growth Foundation, has spoken for children with growth problems since 1977, has championed childhood obesity since 1994 and became a Forum Trustee in 2005. He was appointed Spokesperson for the Forum and is interviewed on UK media and by the international written press on almost a daily basis. He feels comfortable in doing this given his previous 25yr career as a BBC Television director and producer. Having spent all that time behind the cameras shouting at people in front of them, he intuitively understands how the media wants its news on obesity and tries to delivers it in whatever “ sound bite “ is requested.
Tam’s passion for growth and all its facets stems from his own experience in discovering that his elder daughter had growth hormone deficiency. After finally successfully ensuring that she received the NHS treatment to which she was entitled, he resolved that no other family of children with growth-related problems should go wanting. After 34 years he has more or less ensured that none do and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts [FRSA] in 2008 specifically in recognition of his childhood obesity work.
As well as having a wife and two daughters he now has two grandchildren whom he routinely checks for their growth, weight and BMI against the Fry kitchen wall. This, he claims, fulfills the dictum that " you have to practice what you preach! ".