What are your thoughts/opions about child obesity?

United States
February 27, 2007 9:10am CST
I just read an article on www.yahoo.com about a woman from England I believe it was who is in danger of getting her son taken away from her because he weights 218 pounds (3 times the weight he should weigh). I believe the article stated the child was around 10 years old. So, what do you think about child obesity? Do you think it's cause for CPS to get involved?
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@MrsAdvice (623)
• United States
27 Feb 07
Absolutely! Dr. Phil recently featured a similar case on his show and after the show the child was taken from the mother and given to the father and in a follow up the child looks great and is healthy now! The mother was letting him subsist on junk food. If I had a pet and fed it improperly so it lacked proper nutrition it would be taken from me. Why should children have less rights than pets? It is a parent's duty to teach the child how to eat properly and that mom has failed miserably and the child is unhealthy and could die because of her. She should have a worker step in and teach proper care and nutrition and if that fails under close supervision the child should be removed from the home.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I think she should be punished for abuse
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
27 Feb 07
There may be lots of reasons why a child is obese, so i find it hard to conclude if this ia a reason for removing a child from the parents. i think in some cases it may very well be. if the parents are given proper guidance about how to deal with their childs obesity and does not do what is necessary, i believe the child may have to be removed from the home. Letting a child get that heavy and not doing anything to help is in my mind child abuse. The child will have serious health problems, and its life expectancy may decrease drastically if not given the proper help.
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• United States
27 Feb 07
I like your oppinion, please see my response to the person above you regarding what they concluded about it. The mother is basically on a trial basis right not to get her child's weight down. If she is unsuccessful she may lose custody. But, like the mother says, what do you do when the son is sneaking food after she's in bed. (I know I used to do that). Do you think she's going to have to put a lock on the refridgerator?
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• United States
27 Feb 07
http://news.yahoo.com/feature ^go to this website, scroll a little down the page and you will find a video. Watch the video and everyone will understand the article I'm talking about. I personally have not watched the video, I only read the article, but I'm sure it will have the same concept.
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• United States
27 Feb 07
I dont see how the child can be taken away. You see a lot of it in the states. If the child was being abused i could understand it. dont foirget there is 2 side of every story. I know over weight children are over there but the child could have some medicle problems that needs to be looked into.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I think she is abusing her child
• United States
11 Apr 07
Well, yes, she is abusing her child. Yet, at the same time we have to look at what is in the house that the child is abusing himself/herself. If there are sweets in the home and the child is sneaking them isn't that kind of the child killing himself/herself? It's kind of a rocky situation in my opinion. But, I guess the mom could have done something to prevent the sneaks. I know I snuck a lot of things when I was younger.