Doctors now say here in my hometown that they are goingto try and remove "obese children!"
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Kellie - posted on 07/14/2011
It is totally about education and educating yourself. There is so much information out there that really isn't all that hard to get a hold of, There's the internet, there's libraries, there's people, television, shopping centres (I usually pick up a recipe book and have a quick look when doing the food shopping), there's so many different resources for everyone out there to find and educate themselves with There really is no excuse to not know what are healthy choices and what aren't.
Katrina - posted on 07/14/2011
I think it would depend GREATLY! If the doctors thought that the obesity was not related to a medical condition (as we know there ARE some out there), or metabolism, then maybe an investigation could be made, not to determine abuse, but to see a need for educating the family. For example, how many hours of exercise is the child getting (normal and extra curricular), or do they just sit on their heiny all day playing comp games? What is their diet like? Is it majority of junk food, or "healthy" foods that are all processed? How old is the child as well...I think the younger the child is, the more the parent is in control and maybe needs educating. If you have a child in their teens/Pre-teens, then they probably need educating about it too as they are in a position to acquire their own snacks etc. Also, do the parents/child know the diseases that can come about from eating badly?
I don't think it is "abuse" so to speak (unless the parent is not allowing the child to eat healthily) however, I do believe that a lot more needs to be done in educating about foods and finding healthy alternatives to the "fast food" that is bombarding us from every angle nowadays.
Kellie - posted on 07/14/2011
It is child abuse. Unless there is a medical issue NO child should be obese.
YOU control your child's diet NOT your child. They eat what you provide, so it is totally the parents responsibility to provide good healthy food and to educate their child on healthy eating.
Might help if the kids got off the PC/Ipad/Lap Top/DS Console/XBox/Wii/Nintendo and what ever else is out there technology wise and get out side to exercise and play. Of course there are places where this is dangerous and not possible, in that case you do what you can do where it is safe.
I saw an episode of Jamie's Kitchen when he did the Food Revolution in the States, he took all the food out of this woman's fridge and freezer and it was ALL brown. It was all processed crap, pizzas, hash browns etc etc, There was NOTHING green anywhere. No fruits or salads or anything that couldn't be deep fried or cooked in oil to be seen. She knew damn well the food choices she was making were so very wrong yet she continued to make them. If you want to kill yourself fine, but why do you insist on killing your kids with that crap and then wonder why your child is obese?
I've been poor, I've been so poor I haven't been able to eat for a couple of days, I've made shitty food choices in my time too (and still do at least once a week), So the "Junk food is cheaper" excuse doesn't wash with me, because I KNOW that's bullshit in the long run. Same with the "oh but I didn't know that was bad for me" crap, I call bullshit on that one too. Your body doesn't lie, it doesn't lie about how it is feeling. If it's feeling yuckie/sluggish etc then it's because of the 'fuel' you are feeding it. Educate yourself, find out what is healthy and what isn't, no one's going to knock on your door and educate you, so stand up and take responsibility for yourself and your decisions.
Give your kid a fricken carrot stick instead of a chocolate bar. It's not rocket science.
"All YOU's are a general YOU not aimed at you Sierra."
Kate CP - posted on 07/15/2011
First of all this was a paper written by a doctor for the AMA and an attorney speculating on the merits of removing grossly obese children from their home environment and placing them in foster care. There is no law stating that fat kids are considered abused children. There are no cases of children being taken because of their weight.
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