SKOVDE, Sweden, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Swedish investigators said they were looking into a complaint that a social worker criticized the eating habits and weight of a family awaiting deportation.
The unidentified social services investigator visited a family in western Sweden in need of assistance during its extended wait for deportation, The Local reported Wednesday.
"Foreign families eat too many perogies and dough," the investigator told the family, a complaint filed with National Board of Health and Welfare cited.
The woman told the family to put away cookies they offered her, saying family members were "too hefty."
The family's two daughters suffer from type-1 diabetes, for which they were receiving assistance. The support was stopped when the family was relocated by the Swedish Migration Board.
The complaint was filed on behalf of the family by a psychotherapist in Skovde, Sweden, who said the family was "deeply offended and concerned" by the investigator's statements.
The therapist voiced concern about the municipality's social services agency refusing to help the family in need. The family received no further assistance after the social worker's visit.
"It sounds very generalizing and that's not appropriate," said Elis Envall, an investigator with the National Board of Health and Welfare.