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Should Parents of Obese Kids Lose Custody

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Should Parents of Obese Kids Lose Custody

Post by Admin on Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:49 am

Harvard University child obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig's recent claim that some parents should lose custody of their severely obese children has sparked outrage among families and professionals across the country.

The national outcry led one family to share how its personal experience with the matter damaged their lives.

Ludwig, an obesity expert at Children's Hospital Boston and associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, shared his divisive idea in an opinion piece that ran in the Journal of the American Medical Association Wednesday: that state intervention can serve in the best interest of extremely obese children, of which there's are about 2 million accross the United States.

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Post by lisajames96 on Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:15 pm

I don't think it should be as cut and dry as, "fat equals neglect". There are medicines that people take that can cause weight gain, certain pollutants that get inside the body cause some people to hold on to fat as a way of detoxing the inner workings of the body and keep the liver from being overworked.
My opinion...A local gov't agency that simply makes parents aware of good nutrition, exercise AND external causes of fat gain with no coercion is not a terrible idea. However, people are flawed and that goes for do-gooder agencies that will hijack the natural duty of parents and exaggerator cases for higher budgets or attention.
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Post by Jernice on Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:58 pm

lisajames96 wrote:I don't think it should be as cut and dry as, "fat equals neglect". There are medicines that people take that can cause weight gain, certain pollutants that get inside the body cause some people to hold on to fat as a way of detoxing the inner workings of the body and keep the liver from being overworked.
My opinion...A local gov't agency that simply makes parents aware of good nutrition, exercise AND external causes of fat gain with no coercion is not a terrible idea. However, people are flawed and that goes for do-gooder agencies that will hijack the natural duty of parents and exaggerator cases for higher budgets or attention.

I agree! They have already removed a child who had a medical problem.

According to the article, "In a case that shocked many people across the country, 3-year-old Anamarie Regino, weighing 90 pounds, was taken from her outraged parents by government officials and placed in foster care.

"Literally, it was two months of hell. It seemed like the longest two months of my life," mother Adela Martinez said.

As it turned out, it was two unnecessary months of hell. Anamarie didn't improve at all in foster care, and she was returned to her parents. The young girl was later diagnosed with a genetic predisposition."
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Post by massagemamma06 on Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:18 pm

It seems more and more that we are not free. They can not take children out of homes unless there is proof of neglect but they can just take your children if they are obese but have no proof that the parents are neglecting nutrition or exercise. If that is the case the Government is getting worse instead of better.
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