View Poll Results: Should parents be charged with child abuse or negligence if their child is obese?

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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by BCR View Post
    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 ways 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.
    The same thing was true of my youngest niece. She started out small at birth, but she has been overweight most of her life. My sister didn't feed her kids junk food much and certainly didn't have the money to go to McDonalds and other fast food places except on rare occasions, yet the youngest one was huge and is still large for her age. I shudder to think that some would advocate removing kids like this from their parents when they aren't doing anything wrong. Doesn't the government have more pressing matters to deal with? I'm not against nutrition education and removing junk food from schools, but bringing criminal charges against parents for their kids being overweight is just ridiculous.




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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    At the very least it's extreme negligence. How are stupid kids going to know anything about proper nutrition? It's up to the parents to see to their children's nutritional needs and fitness.

    There are countless examples where lack of proper supervision can get a parent accused of abuse, why does nutrition get a pass? It's not just that little tubby is going to get picked on in school anymore. Now the prize for obesity is heart disease and childhood diabetes (yes, they had to come up with a name for it). Parents who are complicit in this are killing their children before they can even have a chance to lead a full and satisfying life.

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    Re: Child obesity abuse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    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.
    Actually it should answer your question but whatever. Personally? I see kids so ****ing fat their eyelids have rolls. What the hell would I know though? You live in a state that rewards gluttony with a free meal if you can pile all into your gut so you tell me.
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