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Thread: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by SPC View Post
    This is another little interesting tidbit I heard on the radio today. Some more liberal states are considering taking overweight children away from their parents, charging the parents with child abuse, and putting the children in foster care. What's your opinion?
    Morbid obese children is sometimes child abuse...

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    It is not the states job to raise peoples children, this smacks of the hitler youth camps. Gimme a break Parents didnt create this problem the fast food soceity we live in did, technology did, When was the last time you saw a group of kids outside in the summer playing till they fell out or it got dark.
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    in the military if you child is huge and medically obese then they how the soldier accountable and this can keep them from getting promoted or go to certain military schools. It’s a great idea and has been working for the most part in the military.
    Really under what Jurisdiction and article of the UCMJ? Not that I doubt you , But I have never heard of this in my 22 years and I have Known some sailors who had huge little Kids. never seemed to affect them! just saying.
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    I can't believe people could actually support putting kids in foster homes where they are likely to face actual abuse because of obesity. Where would one draw the line? -especially considering the rising number of obese people in this country.
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by evanescence View Post
    I can't believe people could actually support putting kids in foster homes where they are likely to face actual abuse because of obesity. Where would one draw the line? -especially considering the rising number of obese people in this country.
    No doubt it's a difficult thing. But if parents allow their 6-year-old to get up to 150lbs, get diabetes, and high blood pressure, is that not child abuse? There are cases that extreme. How is it any less abusive than starving your child? Kids in those kinds of situations won't live to see 40. In fact, we don't know how long they'll live because no generation has ever been so obese so young. But we do know that ADULTS who become extremely obese often don't make it to 50. I have two friends whose fathers died in their 40's from obesity. When their kids were still in middle school. How much worse is the prognosis if you become extremely obese 10 or 20 years earlier than they probably did?

    I don't think anyone's suggesting we take chubby kids away from their parents. We're talking about the extreme cases.

    I remember when I was 15 or 16 in Girl Scouts, this 9-year-old kid who probably weighed a lot more than I did. She was eating pizza and a slushy and begging her mom for cookies. She bought her 10 boxes. Two of them were gone before they left the table. That little girl probably has a list of health problems as long as my arm now. That's abuse in my mind.

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Not necessarily supporting the idea in the OP, but the act of making a child does not make a person a responsible parent. In fact, all those hormones and biological hardwiring can make a person irrational and unreasonable towards their own children. The vast majority of parents are, in fact, not qualified to raise a child. We used to have extended families, clans, and communities to raise children, but now we have a culture of self-centered parents. To suggest to someone that their child isn't perfect or special is an insult to them, even though many parents raise their kids quite poorly. Most children need more intervention from their community to help raise them. If local community is incapable of doing this, I guess we need to rely on a larger one for it. Children should have dozens of role models, not just the two people who had sex to make them.
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    No doubt it's a difficult thing. But if parents allow their 6-year-old to get up to 150lbs, get diabetes, and high blood pressure, is that not child abuse? There are cases that extreme. How is it any less abusive than starving your child? Kids in those kinds of situations won't live to see 40. In fact, we don't know how long they'll live because no generation has ever been so obese so young. But we do know that ADULTS who become extremely obese often don't make it to 50. I have two friends whose fathers died in their 40's from obesity. When their kids were still in middle school. How much worse is the prognosis if you become extremely obese 10 or 20 years earlier than they probably did?

    I don't think anyone's suggesting we take chubby kids away from their parents. We're talking about the extreme cases.

    I remember when I was 15 or 16 in Girl Scouts, this 9-year-old kid who probably weighed a lot more than I did. She was eating pizza and a slushy and begging her mom for cookies. She bought her 10 boxes. Two of them were gone before they left the table. That little girl probably has a list of health problems as long as my arm now. That's abuse in my mind.
    Foster care is extreme, so if the case was extreme as your example was, then yes. But only in the most extreme cases.
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by evanescence View Post
    I agree with that. People who get foodstamps should not be able to buy soda, candy, icecream, potato chips, etc. It should be regulated like WIC.
    You are exactly the type of person that post 22 (The Baron's post) was refering to.
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    You are exactly the type of person that post 22 (The Baron's post) was refering to.
    As a tax payer I get tired of seeing huge fat women with 4 kids in tow stocking up on junk food with food stamps. I think they should get rice, bean, potato and vegetable ration cards. If you want junk food GET A JOB!

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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    You are exactly the type of person that post 22 (The Baron's post) was refering to.
    Which is what, exactly? If you've got something to say to me, just say it.
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