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    Default Re: Obese Third Grader Taken From Mom, Placed in Foster Care

    The mother is obviously not giving her son the proper diet or exercise needed to sustain this kid's weight. Now that he's been taken (which I think might've been a tad extreme), he should be given back, and then the mother would hopefully have gotten enough warnings by then.

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    Well, I think taking the child away from her was a bit exagerated, and I hope she gets the message. I sure hope that kid can live a good and healthy life.
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    I understand why the kid was taken away, but I think that the US is gradually but surely moving toward being a big "nanny" state. People need to learn from their mistakes and the consequences that follow.

    When a child is involved, I suppose it is justified. But I also think that taking away the kid is a little drastic. They couldn't have forced him into some mandatory meetings with a nutritionist or something, and then if that failed take the kid away? The trauma of being taken might make the kid eat even more to drown out his shock, or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FinalArcadia View Post
    The trauma of being taken might make the kid eat even more to drown out his shock, or something.
    I was thinking the same thing. Depression eating, comfort eating, it happens, and when you yank a kid out of his home (a very traumatic experience), that can definitely trigger it.

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    Wow, stunner. Looks like this obesity thing is heading to the next level, poor 3rd grader, he can't see his mom because she don't know how to feed her kid :(
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    Also, this is perfect fuel for school bullies.

    "Hey fatso, I heard you got taken from your mommy because you're too fat!"

    I really don't see this ending well for the kid. Depression eating, bullying, this could end up having the opposite effect that the state wants.

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    Just thinking about that kind of bullying is making me sick ._.
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    In severe instances of childhood obesity, removal from the home may be justifiable, from a legal standpoint, because of imminent health risks and the parents’ chronic failure to address medical problems,” Dr. David Ludwig co-wrote with Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health.

    Usually, when a child is removed from his or her home, it's because of abuse (physical or verbal). Are the authorities now equating obesity and its related health conditions (like diabetes) with physical abuse? That's how I'm understanding the statement I quoted above. And, as others have said, it's a bit extreme.

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    Default Re: Obese Third Grader Taken From Mom, Placed in Foster Care

    Depending on the cause I would certainly amount letting your child become obese without a very, very good medical or economical reason to neglect - which is a passive form of abuse.

    I'm not denying that it seems a bit extreme to totally remove the child or that there is always another side to the story but neglect is a perfectly good reason to take some kind of action.



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