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Parents Lose Custody of Obese Son

Taking a child from a parent should be considered a last resort.

Officials call his mother’s inability to reduce his weight medical neglect and placed an Ohio third grader in foster care.

As the Huffington Post reports, the boy weighs more than 200 pounds because his mom wasn’t doing enough to control his weight. However, lawyers for his mom say his medical problems do not yet pose imminent danger and taking him away from her is an overreaction.

The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue. But it’s a hot topic lately. I wrote about it a while back in a post called Kid Is Extremely Obese, Should Mom and Dad Lose Custody?

I say yes. Depending on the circumstances, of course. But I’ve seen 4 and 5-year-olds that weigh 200 pounds. That, to me, is a form of child abuse. I mean, you have to actively purchase a lot of crap to keep your kid at a weight like that. However, I just posed the question to my husband who said “Hell no, that’s insane! You think those kids would want to leave their parents? In those kids’ minds their parents are the greatest ever. Take kids away from their parents? That’s medieval.”

I stand by my original opinion. If, like my husband, you disagree let me ask you this:  if the situation were reversed and the child was slowly being starved to death, would you feel the same way? Isn’t that a valid comparison? But I think it should be as an absolute last resort. The state should attempt to educate the parents first and if the child continues to gain weight then maybe foster care is in order?

What are your thoughts?

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