An opinion piece in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association says putting children temporarily in foster care is in some cases more ethical than obesity surgery.
No new laws needed. Health care providers are mandated to report children in immediate risk. Are you onboard with this type of wake-up call for parents who don't work on improving a morbidly obese child's fitness level?
The children listed in that story should absolutely be reported. 555 lb teenagers? Sick. Sick and wrong. Just like a Dr or other mandated reporter would have to report a severely underweight child if there was suspicion of abuse, I support them reporting these gravely ill and morbidly obese children. Allowing a child to get to that state is absolutely abuse, period. These are not "big boned" children ~ these are children with dire medical and/or emotional problems. If their needs are not being met in the home I fully support them being moved out of the home.
I also dislike the argument that healthy food has to cost more so poor people are permitted to eat like sh*t. We have been poor. We have been electricy-got-shut-off poor. But we eat and we eat healthy because it doesn't have to cost a fortune. Dried legumes, oats, ect are filling, nutritious and inexpensive. Besides, I can buy appropriate portions of healthier food for the same cost as the large portions of unhealthy food that these economically challenged families buy.
I absolutely agree it is a form of neglect and in those extreme cases the children should be removed from the home.
And I agree with Emily that many cheap foods are nutritious... They just take a little more effort to prepare, as opposed to picking up fast food on the way home, as the one mom said she did. Besides, the kid didn't end up being morbidly obese by having the odd burger... He got that way by eating far TOO MUCH food and far too little activity for his entire life.
These parents are obviously putting their kids in serious danger. But I think that a requirement to get the kids back would be that they have to take an extensive dietary and health course on meal planning, obesity related health conditions, etc.
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I do believe it is a level of neglect to allow a child to become that obese to where their health is severly compromised. But I do not believe that taking the child away from their parent is the answer unless the parent's intent was to make the child unhealthy and overweight.
I refuse to touch the debate about poor people and the cost of food. You would have better luck getting me into a debate on immigrants and circ. LOL
I have a question though. Where do we draw the line? It is shown that second hand smoke causes lung cancer and tons of othe health issues. Should we take away kids from smoking parents?
I am torn on this. While I agree that for a 400lb teenager intervention is needed. I am not sure if taking the child away is the answer. The issues that caused the obesity needs to be addressed if any solutions are to be permanent.
The only issue that needs to be looked into is what is wrong with those parents. Who would feed their child to such extremes and why can't those parents say "no" for the health of their child? Until the parents figure out their own issues, then the kids should be under the supervision of someone willing to do what is best for the long term health of that child.
I have no doubt that down the road these kids will develop underlying issue related to their weight, but I find it hard to believe they caused the weight gain in the child.