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Should parents of acutely obese children be reported?

Should a Ped AFTER ruling out medical problems AND giving say 6 months of over seen weight loss plans with no results report the parents to CPS for neglect that results in Parenting and nutrition classes? ONLY removing children with non-compliant children? If childhood obesety leads to life threatening health problems shouldn't parents who CHOOSE not to do anything even WITH help and resources be in some kind of trouble? Is it not unfair to the kids?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:34 PM on May. 21, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • It's all very easy to blame genetics but genetics has nothing to do with it. Genetics makes a person predisposed to being overweight or makes it easier for them to become overweight compared to other people - it doesn't mean that anything other than but people like something to blame it on.

    I think there is a difference between a fat kid who gets out and exercises, eats well (but obviously eats too much) and an obese child who can't walk half a mile, who can't breathe properly and essentially can't do anything. In the latter something has to be done, because that child is NOT being looked after properly.

    Although society has had a major influence on people and their way of living - it all comes down to individual choices. You can inform yourself and change your habits and lifestyle and many parents choose to do so in order to be better role models for their children.
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 5:12 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • I completely agree.
    They should be made to attend health and nutritional education programs and be monitered on their child's health and weight loss on a month to month basis.

    I cannot stand seeing obese children, it is so sad, the child is NEVER the problem, it is the parents.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • ya, if they are given plenty of help and resources and just dont care about their childs health something should be done. i know girls who are very sensative about their weight but if their parents would have done something when they were younger they would not have the health problems they do.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:37 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • Where would you want to stop with all of this government angency interference? The question arises: "How much control should the government have in our parenting lifestyle choices?"
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:37 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard. "sorry son, you're being taken away from your mommy cause you're fat" Nice.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:38 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • I think if the parents have been provided with time and resources to help the children and they DO NOT do anything about it then the issue should be looked into. I do not think they should automatically be taken away but the issue should be brought to attention and acted upon if neglect is found.
    imamommmmyyy

    Answer by imamommmmyyy at 3:41 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • Sorry but you can't call letting your child become and stay obese a "parenting lifestyle choice". It is a form of neglect and abuse (abuse does not have to involve hurting your child physically), and YES - government agencies should intefere with cases of neglect and abuse.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:41 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • Crazy! Some kids are just fat. They look like their parents. You can't take 2 hippos and have a girraffe. Just saying genetics.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:41 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • Where would you want to stop with all of this government angency interference? The question arises: "How much control should the government have in our parenting lifestyle choices?"

    CIO or no cry sleep solutions?- no harm to either child
    0 or 3 naps a day- no harm
    Daycare or home- no harm
    7am-7pm schedule or 12pmm-12 am- no harm
    single parent or a gay couple- no harm
    time out or privilege loss- no harm
    typical meals or vegan- no harm
    FAT KIDS AND MALNUTRITION- Yeah THAT is harmful- it's not a life style it is a prescription for heart disease and diabetes.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:42 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • That's the most ridiculous thing I've heard. "sorry son, you're being taken away from your mommy cause you're fat" Nice.

    If a child's health is being put in danger because a parent chooses to feed their kid crap all day and help them prevent exercise, then it isn't ridiculous. Being fat isn't nice let alone for a kid who relies on their parent to feed them and teach them properly. Why should a kid suffer with being out of breath, not being able to play outside like other children and have a constant battle with food addiction? I don't think any child should be taken away from their mother but if their mother is destroying their child's health something HAS to be done. Kids get treated like crap too much.
    keyaziz

    Answer by keyaziz at 3:43 PM on May. 21, 2010

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