Should Obese Children Be Taken from Parents?

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The government wants to tell you how to have children, educate them, vaccinate them, give them medical care and insurance, and much more. According to the Los Angeles Times, now some “experts” in England and Ireland want the government to tell you how to feed your children. If you do not feed your children according to certain guidelines, they want doctors to report your family to social services.

There are sporadic reports in the U.S. of courts removing obese kids from their homes, and it has happened at least 20 times in Britain.

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With this in mind, pediatricians and other professionals should think about whether obese kids would be better off in the custody of child protective services, the experts write. There are anecdotal reports of dramatic weight loss by kids in foster care… [read about the child starved to death in state custody]

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“Parental behaviors of concern include consistently failing to attend appointments, refusing to engage with various professionals or with weight management initiatives, or actively subverting weight management initiatives,” the experts wrote.

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Researchers should gather hard data on whether children gain or lose weight during time spent in foster care, they wrote. In the meantime, they added, guidelines should be drafted to help professionals decide when to intervene on behalf of obese kids.

 


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