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Should Social Services interfere and possibly take a child from their parents if they are considered extremely overweight?

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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Fat children ‘should be taken from parents’ to curb obesity epidemic

Council warning to families guilty of neglect

Grossly overweight children may be taken from their families and put into care if Britain’s obesity epidemic continues to escalate, council chiefs said yesterday.

The Local Government Association argued that parents who allowed their children to eat too much could be as guilty of neglect as those who did not feed their children at all.

The association said that until now there had been only a few cases when social services had intervened in obesity cases. But it gave warning that local councils may have to take action much more often and, if necessary, put obese children on “at risk” registers or take them into care. It called for new guidelines to be drawn up to help authorities deal with the issue.

There have been some reported cases where children under 10 have weighed up to 14st (89kg) and a three-year-old has weighed 10st – putting them at a high risk of diabetes and heart disease. Only last week a 15-year-old girl in Wales was told by doctors that she could “drop dead at any moment” after tipping the scales at 33st.

David Rogers, the Local Government Association’s public health spokesman, said that by 2012 an estimated million children would be obese and by 2025 about a quarter of all boys would be grossly overweight.

“Councils are increasingly having to consider taking action where parents are putting children’s health in real danger,” he said. “As the obesity epidemic grows, these tricky cases will keep on cropping up. Councils would step in to deal with an undernourished and neglected child, so should a case with a morbidly obese child be different? If parents consistently place their children at risk through bad diet and lack of exercise, is it right that a council should step in to keep the child’s health under review?”

“The nation’s expanding waistline threatens to have a devastating impact on our public services. It’s a huge issue for public health, but it also risks placing an unprecedented amount of pressure on council services.”

The association called for a national debate on how much local authorities should intervene in obesity cases. As a basic minimum, social services or health visitors should talk to the families involved, give them advice and show them how to provide healthy meals. “But in the worst cases [the children] would need to be put on ‘at risk’ registers or taken into care.”

Last year Cumbria County Council put an eight-year old girl into care as she was dangerously overweight.

Anne Ridgway, of Cumbria Primary Care Trust, said that it was extremely rare for a child to be put into care just because of their weight. “Even then the care proceedings may well have been instigated because of related problems rather than exclusively because of their weight,” she said. Extreme cases of obesity could become a child protection issue because obesity “can have very serious consequences for a child’s health and the parental behaviour that leads to childhood obesity can be a form of neglect”.

Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Children who are dangerously overweight should be brought into hospital, where they can be given 24-hour care for several weeks or months. But their parents should have access to them.”

The Conservative Party said that taking children into care was a serious step. Andrew Landsley, the Shadow Health Secretary, said that in many cases “it would be better to help the parents provide better nutrition for their child rather than break up the family”.

Deadly facts

— Councils are spending tens of thousands of pounds widening crematorium furnaces to deal with fatter corpses

— Standard coffins are between 16 and 20ins wide (40-50cm) but coffins twice that size are being ordered to fit larger bodies

— Lewisham Council has ordered a 44in cremator from America and is taking coffins from the Midlands. A furnace has just been installed at King’s Lynn, Norfolk, for coffins a metre wide and Blackburn is to buy a 42in cremator

— New ambulances have been introduced across Wales with special equipment for fat patients, including a winch and an extra wide strengthened stretcher

— Fire services are threatening to charge police or hospitals a fee if they are called in to move grossly overweight people out of dangerous buildings

— Many schools are having to adapt their furniture to cope with heavier, wider children. Each larger table and chair costs about £30

— It is estimated that nearly 2,000 people are too fat to work

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CrazybetsysueU
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Nah cuz in Amrica the foster parents gonna feed them Koolaid and Hotdoggs and that s%^t.

 

Same thing differrrnt house.

Just_Bethy
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM

 I tell you this much..England is going to hell!!!...They are wanting the take fat kids...throw pregnant women in jail if they smoke...sterilize mentally ill women..I am beginning to be glad that I don't live there any more!!...Freaking Government is going NUTS!!!!

Idiosyncratic
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:32 PM

if they put it on a spectrum and the kids that were taken away from parents for being underweight were the same distance from the middle as the kids being taken away for being overweight

GothicMama
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:32 PM

and this is what happens when you give the Government an inch and want them to "fix" everything

mitch576
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:33 PM

in r.i. they do without a second thought. if the dr has discussed your child's weight with you and you continue to not do anything they can and do report you to the state and the state will and has, taken kids over weight issues. in r.i.. it's considered "gross medical neglect"

 







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stacey0716
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:35 PM

 That's for the really big kids though right? Like in this article, they are talking about an alomost 200lb 10 year old.

Quoting mitch576:

in r.i. they do without a second thought. if the dr has discussed your child's weight with you and you continue to not do anything they can and do report you to the state and the state will and has, taken kids over weight issues. in r.i.. it's considered "gross medical neglect"

 

mommy2cristian
by Gold Member on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:36 PM

 Yes if they're proud of it or don't care.  I've seen Maury where there's a 2 or 3 year old who weighs 100lbs & the mom is like I'm gonna feed him what he wants.

carterscutie85
by *Shanny's Stalker* on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:36 PM

I think maybe they should get a chance to get their child down to an acceptable weight. I have seen programs about overweight kids where the parents are crying and upset because their kid sneaks food, or is destructive when they don't get what they want. Or if they have a teenager u can't really control if your teen is eating out at Mcdonald's every day and then coming home and eating the dinner u cooked cause they lied about eating out.

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mitch576
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:38 PM

yes.. it's for the more extreme cases where the parent refuses to make the changes needed. if the child has a medical condition or.. the parents are genuinely trying then the state helps you...i.e. providing you with supports and services.


 

Quoting stacey0716:

 That's for the really big kids though right? Like in this article, they are talking about an alomost 200lb 10 year old.

Quoting mitch576:

in r.i. they do without a second thought. if the dr has discussed your child's weight with you and you continue to not do anything they can and do report you to the state and the state will and has, taken kids over weight issues. in r.i.. it's considered "gross medical neglect"

 


 







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babyfat5
by on Jul. 25, 2010 at 7:39 PM

This is getting insane. First they started with taking away kids who were beaten and nobody has a problem with that. Then it was neglect and there is no real problem with that. But now for poor eating habits? Wouldn't an education course and somebody to help make the family eat more healthy be better for the child? Taking away a child from family along with all the security and sense of belonging they have should be a last course of action in any situation much less over food. One would think that would make an overweight child eat more and cause more problems for the kid.

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