Should parents lose custody of super obese kids?

Yes they should – IF (and that’s a big IF!) the parents show no intention of changing their lifestyle so that their get the right food in the right amounts. Some parents don’t give a stuff and exacerbate the problem. Children become victims of obesity related illnesses, and they need to be protected from this form of physical abuse!

From the Associated Press

Removing extremely obese children from parents’ custody is not the answer to the epidemic, New Zealand experts say. A provocative commentary due to published in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the government should intervene in extreme obesity cases. But Robyn Toomath from New Zealand’s Fight the Obesity Epidemic said the argument sounded “incredibly punitive” towards parents, and there was not enough evidence to support it. “I’ve seen many families where the parents have brought their overweight children to me in a state of despair. “Finding that their efforts are overwhelmed by the fact that children are surrounded by advertising, and watch TV which promotes junk food.” Toomath said even with dedicated parents, environmental influences and genetics also played a part. And placing children in government custody could do more harm than good. “It would be justifiable if you had good evidence that you can actually make children thin by such programmes. “Their success is actually short-lived and rare. So it’s a hell-of-a-thing to do without much evidence that is going to be successful.” The most recent Health Ministry figures show that one-in-five Kiwi children was overweight and one in 12 was obese, according to their body mass index (BMI) rating.

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4 comments for “Should parents lose custody of super obese kids?

  1. Ruth
    17 July 2011 at 10:19 pm

    What next? Children being taken away from their families when their toenails exceed the state-mandated length?

  2. WestieBoy
    4 August 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I’m feeling completely gobsmacked after reading this.

    When do the bleeding-heart left propose we start removing children from their parents because their hair is too long, they are encouraged to play “rough games” like rugby, netball or football, they watch too much TV, they do too little homework?

    When will it end?

    The “nanny state” ARE NOT qualified to raise children (even though they think they are).

    Go back to your little red manifestos, your socio-communist plotting and leave the real people of New Zealand alone.

  3. Bob
    4 August 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Well! That’s the very first time i’ve been called a socio-communist 🙂

  4. Ruth
    5 August 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Bob, much as I admire you – and despite the fact that I’ve never even heard of such a category as ‘socio-communist’ – I do find some of your proposed solutions rather statist.

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