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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    Just sitting and thinking, not trying to say that childhood obesity isn't a problem, but how big of a problem is it really? Has it gotten that much worse, or are we just more focused on it now with the HC bill and all.
    I don't have kids so I don't normally see large numbers together. My friend's kids are all normal weight or thin.The kids I see on my road playing are all thin. Some months ago, I did go to a little girls graduation to 1st grade. I only remember seeing one girl that was chubby in the school. I know I didn't see obese chilren all over the place.
    What's anyone else's experience with kids you see?
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    I think taking the child out of his home and away from his parents would cause a lot more problems than it solves. There are much better ways to deal with obesity in children.

    More physical activity in school. Adjusting the marketplace to make healthier foods more appealing and affordable than junk food. Changing the meal options available at school to ensure that younger children, at least, have healthy lunches and few junk food choices available from the school.

    I think the most important and best way to combat childhood obesity though is to educate parents and even children on nutrition, health, and exercise.
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Absolutely not. here are just a couple among many reasons.

    first.. different people have different metabolisms and body sizes, this is not a black and white situation, and there is no way to discern for a certainty that it was parenting and not a whacked out thyroid or something.

    second.. we need linebackers and offensive linesmen for football teams
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    Probably won't be a big problem in the future at all. Diabetes: Half of U.S. Adults at Risk by 2020, says UnitedHealth Group - ABC News
    You didn't answer my question. Do you see lots of fat kids in your everyday life?
    As for your link, that was about adults, not children.
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    66% of the country being overweight is simply unacceptable for an industrialized nation.
    It's only possible in an industrialized nation.

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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Should parents be charged with abuse or negligence if their child is obese?
    I voted, "Yes." Caveats include age of the child (very young) and extent of problem.

    By obese, however, I'm defining it differently than its common definition....commonly 20% over 'normal weight.' And I'm not sure what definition I'd place on it -- but like, pornography, I'll know it when I see it.
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Some times it's just genetics. Some kids go through stages where they gain weight. Do you really want the government monitoring what you feed your kid and pulling you over if you are in a hurry and pull into a McDonalds one day?
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    Absolutely not. here are just a couple among many reasons.

    second.. we need linebackers and offensive linesmen for football teams
    Actually, I was going to mention that. That's awesome.
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    There's no way I could advocate in any form, a state or government official coming to someone's home telling the parents they are being charged with abuse / neglegence because their child is fat (whatever that means). I DO think that parents are not parenting and instead shove kids in front of the PS3 because they don't want to deal with them on some level. Feed them cheesy-poofs, play games, keep them out of the way and quiet. Two years later they're 4 1/2 years old 110 pounds and roll better than they walk.
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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    When looking at obesity, especially in children, you have to at least look for some predetermining factors. If both parents are rather large then you can expect the children to be rather large due to genetics. I'm sure evolution may have had a hand in the large obesity epidemic we are facing today, such as humans developing slower metabolisms in times of great famine in order to conserve energy. My good friend's nephew is only five years old and weighs 85 LBS.. This kid has a monster appetite, and always has! I know the poor kid can't help it, it just takes a lot more for him to be full than the average kid.
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