I think childhood obesity is a problem, but I do not think ut should be treated as abuse. Sometimes the child has health conditions thatcause them to be big. Other times the parents do allow them to overeat, but abuse is taking it to the extreme. I pack a healthy lunch for my child everyday for school. I am not at the lunch table with him, so I have no idea what he is really eating. I know when he is in my home he eats his vegetables and does not get "too much" to eat, yet he is above average in weight for his age bracket. His father was very much obese until he was about 18 years old and I come from a long line of big people. My son is very active in sports and he also has a wii fit. I do not force him to exercise becasue I do not want him to develope a fat complex, but I do encouragehim to eat healthier and be active. By saying that I am abusing my child because he is chubby is redicu;ous. I pack him a turkey sandwhich, apple slices, a juice box, and grapes almost every day. If he goes to xchool and trades that for junk food, it is out of my control. I cannot do anything about things I cannot see. I do take him to his doctor regularly and have had his thyroid checked several times. His doctor says he should lose a bit of weight, but most of it will come off as he gets older. Sorry everyone, but I trust the doctor on this one. We can encourage our children to make the right choices when it comes to food, feed them heathy meals at home, and encourage exercise, but when it comes down to it, we may have a chubby child, but it is certainly not from abuse.