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

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    making food avaliable, is not child abuse. demanding the child over-eat, under penalty of no tv, no video games, being grounded, or even violence, would certainly be abuse.

    but simply having a full fridge, is not abuse.
    Is it not abuse if the parents basically facilitate their child killing themselves? That is basically what we're talking about in these extreme cases. Kids who are so obese they already have the health problems that a 400-pound middle-aged man might have.

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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
    Is it not abuse if the parents basically facilitate their child killing themselves? That is basically what we're talking about in these extreme cases. Kids who are so obese they already have the health problems that a 400-pound middle-aged man might have.
    I have this view, but to a further extent. If the child is 40-50 pounds above average, that is grounds for intervention.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I have this view, but to a further extent. If the child is 40-50 pounds above average, that is grounds for intervention.
    Yeah. We're talking about smaller people, thus a smaller amount of weight is dangerous for them. A 6'4 400lbs man is roughly double the weight he should be. But a 100lbs 6-year-old is also roughly double the weight they should be.

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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
    Yeah. We're talking about smaller people, thus a smaller amount of weight is dangerous for them. A 6'4 400lbs man is roughly double the weight he should be. But a 100lbs 6-year-old is also roughly double the weight they should be.
    I erred slightly, then. Basically, I'd be stricter on this issue. I wouldn't mind regulations on food for adults, as well. I would bet people in the UK, on average, are slimmer than people in America. Granted, I appreciate "good" capitalism and freedom, but enough is enough.

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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
    Yeah. We're talking about smaller people, thus a smaller amount of weight is dangerous for them. A 6'4 400lbs man is roughly double the weight he should be. But a 100lbs 6-year-old is also roughly double the weight they should be.
    I am 40 years old and weigh 140 pounds. When I was teaching in the States, I had FEMALE students who weighed more than me... and they were MIDDLE SCHOOL students...
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    50 lbs over...no,
    300 lbs over...yes

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Sidgaf View Post
    50 lbs over...no,
    300 lbs over...yes
    Why is that?

    50 lbs overweight is still unhealthy and can easily lead to more problems, which more medical costs and taxes.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    I am 40 years old and weigh 140 pounds. When I was teaching in the States, I had FEMALE students who weighed more than me... and they were MIDDLE SCHOOL students...
    I'm 5'4 and weigh about 115. In the States, I get a lot of comments that I need to "eat something." When I was in most of Europe, I was regarded as what I actually am - a perfectly normal weight, if a little on the lighter end. I've literally had people ask me if I have an eating disorder in the US. I'm not all that thin. It's absurd.

    Sidgaf - A 6-year-old who is 50lbs overweight is the exact equivalent of a tall man who is 400lbs. A child that age wouldn't SURVIVE being 300lbs overweight. So you're saying we should wait until the kid is dead to intervene?
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    In certain instances yes. If a child is morbidly obese and the parents keep feeding their kids unhealthy garbage I think that rates up there with child abuse. It's child abuse to starve and malnourish children, I also think it's child abuse to feed them garbage and enable an unhealthy weight.
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    Re: Should obese children be taken away from their parents and put in foster care?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    Why is that?

    50 lbs overweight is still unhealthy and can easily lead to more problems, which more medical costs and taxes.
    yes 50 lbs may lead up to more problems, which more medical costs and taxes, but 300 lbs is beyond the more problems stage. I think there is still hope up to 50lbs, after that it's all down hill.
    I remember when I went into the Navy I was 30lbs over my ideal weight, but still in the weight range. By the end of basic the Navy took care of the 30lbs.

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