Woman may lose custody of obese child in England..

United States
February 27, 2007 3:34pm CST
I was listening to the radio and this has been the discussion of the day. There is a mother in England that may lose custody of her 8 year old son because he is severly obese. He is 8 years old and weighs 218 pounds. They are saying that by the time he is 30 he will be dead because of this. My opinion is that she as a mother is at fault because she has allowed him to come to this point without maybe medical attention and most certainly she isn't feeding him properly. This is outrageous.. I can't understand it! The question is- Do you think she should lose custody of him because of what she has done?
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@kparab (302)
• United States
27 Feb 07
in the child interest it was neccessary to go into some other place where his food habit can be control. the mother can also be send for some conselling so that she understand the consciquence of her action and try to change her behaviour and can get back her kid soon
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• United States
27 Feb 07
I can agree with that too. The mother definitely needs to be educated.
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@lalav1 (1056)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I think she needs to be warned and have to attend classes in nutrition and excercise. If shes doesn't comply or the child doesn't start losing weight, I do believe the child should be taken away. This is child neglect. She is killing him. If she agrees to therapy or nutrition classes, etc., then she should get to keep him if he is monitored and is making progress losing weight.
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• United States
27 Feb 07
Good response, I can agree with you totally and I thought the same thing. I dont think they should just take the child away from her without trying to educate her on what the right way to do things is.
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28 Feb 07
I think it is a case of bad parenting, not a case of abuse. The mother is obviously not putting her boys best interests first when it comes to food, but then she isn't the only mother like this, it is just bad luck that he his problem has ballooned out of proportion whereas others haven't. I think if the government is going to intervene this is the wrong way. They need to offer nutrition classes to parents to show them the effects of a bad diet on their children and themselves. They also need to teach healthy eating to children in school. The other things I think they should do is to introduce a sugar tax to help reduce the use of tis harmful produce and then ban the killing of animals for meat. This will reduce the amount of saturated fat people eat. With these 2 things together we will reduce the instances of cancer, heart disease and diabeties and children will grow up much healthier.