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frisky69

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2009, 06:59:43 pm »
i definatly think child obesity should be chils abuse

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2009, 10:49:49 am »
Let's take the issue a step further:

If you support the idea that this is child abuse or neglect to the point that it's harming the child's well being, do you support the idea of the child being forcefully removed from the home by CPS?

In some instances, Yes I do.
 I agree it's partly the food industry. We have little choice but to feed our kids food full of hormones, chemicals, and preservatives. But you can still control the amount that you allow them to eat while they are young. You can also control the amount of time they spend in front of the TV, computer, and video games.
Some kids are going to be overweight no matter what. But there is a difference between a kid being a little chubby and being hundreds of pounds overweight.
When you risk your child's health by neglecting them, denying food, medical care, education etc. they can be taken from you. I don't see how risking their health by letting them gorge on food would be any different.
You can google Jessica Gaude who weighed 400 lbs at 8 years old, and see what that child went through before she was removed from her mother's home. Or a child named Jared who was 120 lbs at 3 years old until he was taken away from her. He dropped 70 lbs and was able to play like a typical kid.
In most situations when the child is simply overweight, I don't feel like any actions should be taken. You certainly don't want to traumatize the child and lead them to an eating disorder.
However, in those extreme cases where the parents are letting the children eat themselves to death, something has to be done. 

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2009, 11:04:39 am »
i definatly think child obesity should be chils abuse
no i dont think obesity is child abuse but some parents need to just watch what they are feeding their kids and think about their health in the future

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2009, 11:10:56 am »
Defiantly. Its not up to the children what they put in their mouths. Unfortunately in this day and age is all about convenience so its easier after working a 12 hour day to "NUKE" something then to actually cook good nutritional food.

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2009, 11:42:38 pm »
Very well put "home_teachin".  :thumbsup:

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2009, 12:16:23 am »
There are also cases where obesity is somewhat hereditary. In that case, no, I don't support CS coming to take a kid away from their family.

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2009, 05:24:31 am »
I see that several people so that it is not abuse but that it is neglect.  Im my opinion these are one and the same. 

I think that a parent that allows their child to get extremly overweight is in a sense abusing that child. 

Yet where so we draw that line.  I have 11 year old twins who are chunky and a little overweight.  Yet I feed them a balanced healthy diet.  When they want dessert we have fat free pudding or fat free fudge pops. 

The biggest issue I see with their weight is the fact that they want to sit and read all the time,  I encourage the reading but have begun to see that maybe they need a limit on how many hours that they can sit a read a day.  Thus maybe encourage more physical activities. 


LittleDebbieG

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2009, 06:18:38 am »
Well, having a "fluffy" child is neither neglect nor abuse. However, allowing a child to engorge him/herself on nothing but junk food without exercise to the point of morbid obesity - that's neglect. Allowing a child to become morbidly obese means that there is a neglect, a disconnect, from parental duties.

People can complain about the cost of food all they want, but food is only part of the problem. Nowadays, kids are too complacent to sit inside all day and all night and not do anything. Physical activity can really make the difference. Whether it's just walk outside for 30 minutes, go to the gym, a workout video - anything that gets the body moving works.

home_teachin mentioned a 3-year old named Jared at 120 lbs. I could not find any pictures.. but I don't think that I could imagine the image of a three-year old that weighs more than I do.

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2009, 07:56:56 am »
I think it depends on the case. Some people are just heavier than others. BUT it is the parents responsibility to try and control what they eat and how much excercise they get. However...I had a kid that would steal food from the kitchen while we were asleep and eat it. Hide the cheese wrappers under his mattress. .... We put a lock on his door and locked him in at night.  :BangHead:

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2009, 08:09:30 am »
 sometimes parents use food to soothe a child or baby and put a bottle in their mouth every time they cry, if that is the case, it is child abuse.  But, if a child is truly hungry, it needs to eat and some kids have bigger appetites than others
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/07/22/cb.obesity.crime.cnn

I think so.
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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2009, 08:18:28 am »
Would it be child abuse if your child were say, bulemic or anorexic?
No kids have problems just as well as adults. Some children do carry fat around till they hit puberty.
Again I think no one has the right to judge unless they are going to step in and help.
Our society is so quick to judge people.

home_teachin

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2009, 10:27:03 am »
home_teachin mentioned a 3-year old named Jared at 120 lbs. I could not find any pictures.. but I don't think that I could imagine the image of a three-year old that weighs more than I do.

Here are some pics of Jared.

http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/183

LittleDebbieG

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2009, 11:20:55 am »
home_teachin mentioned a 3-year old named Jared at 120 lbs. I could not find any pictures.. but I don't think that I could imagine the image of a three-year old that weighs more than I do.

Here are some pics of Jared.

http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/183

Wow... Just wow.... 120 lbs. According to the follow-up, her parental rights to the child were completely terminated and she won't hear from him until he's 18. I still cannot fathom how these parents let their children get like that. That is sad and a bit scary.

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #28 on: July 31, 2009, 12:11:12 pm »
Yeah i think so, parents should watch that and help keep it under control

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Re: Is obesity child abuse?
« Reply #29 on: July 31, 2009, 12:54:50 pm »
Wouldn't a parent that smokes be abusing their child also?  Why should a child have to breath 2nd hand smoke and run those health risks?

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