Is it child abuse? Child neglect?

@stacyv81 (5904)
United States
March 19, 2007 10:34am CST
Ok, we have all seen at least one show in which they show babies that are extremely obese, like the 2 year old that weighed 150 lbs. Do you think this is child abuse? Or child neglect? Because the parents evidently have no concern over the health of their children. Are they using food as a babysitter? Or a way to not have to deal with their children's problems? I think it is horrible as a parent to let your child get that big, I mean 150 lbs at 2? that is what I weigh at 23. I just think that is crazy.
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19 Mar 07
I think it is terrible that parents don't think about their children's diets. I was worried when my youngest was getting a bit chubby and I took some of the fattier foods out of her diet and replaced it with fruit. I know that they say that you shouldn't put kids on diets, but I think they do need to eat healthily and if they were they wouldn't be overweight.
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@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Yes, I did the same with my first. A little chubbiness though isnt the issue here, I mean morbidly obese children who weigh almost 10 times what they are supposed to. This cant be ok. They arent looking out for the best interest of the children.
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• United States
19 Mar 07
I consider it both child abuse and child neglect! As a parent, it's our job to feed them healthy foods, I don't mean keeping them on a diet, just eating right. I don't know how a 2 year old can get that big without eating pure junk food all day, unless there is some rare medical conditon.
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
19 Mar 07
Yes, that is my point. These people are not providing a healthy happy home for these children.
@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I think if it is not a medical issue then there is something definately wrong. I am not sure if it is legally considered abuse or neglect, but I think there whould be some legal recourse. I don't think it is aobut saying no to the child. It is about making sure they eat properly, and get enough excercise. As parents I know that we are always learning and there is no such thing as a perfect parent, but common sense dictates that making sure your 2 year old doesn't become obese is an imprtant thing. I wonder if the parents take the child to the doctors, because I can't imagine the doctor not saying anything. I know my daughters doctor would have never let me, let her get that much overweight.
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I know, I agree and thank you for being the first one to realize what I was actually talking about. A little weight isnt the issue. Its morbid obesity. I know it isnt considered abuse or neglect by law, but I wanted to see what others thought about it. Thanks so much for your response.
@ana1361 (98)
• Sweden
19 Mar 07
dont be woried abourt the child wieght becouse if a child just be health.and all children grow up
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
19 Mar 07
OMG, did you read my whole discussion? I am talking about morbidly obese children. Those kids have no chance of growing up healthy.