Childhood Obesity: A Call for Parents to Lose Custody

Words fail me. I watched a half dozen videso like the one below. This opinion is gaining momentum.



  1. wow. i couldn't even watch it. the thought that parents could lose custody over their child's weight makes me sick to my stomach. literally. how about offering a cooking class? or help the parent's make a healthy menu? those options seem a lot less invasive and devastating on the child long term. i could go on, but i better not.

  2. I think this is a terrible slippery slope for taking children away. And, I might add, this kind of things was vaguely written in to the thousands of pages of the health care bill. (not to get all political on you; but it did make provision for removing children for "poor parenting" and allowing state people to "educate" parents at their whim on what is acceptable parenting.

    HOWEVER, on a side note, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law, both nurses in another state, both recently told me horrific stories of obese children. One was a newly diagnosed diabetic young child whose mother thought keeping a blood sugar below 400 was acceptable. And, another was a teen whose spinal cord collapsed because he weighed over 350 or 400 lbs and played video games all day. And, they didn't even take him to the hospital for three days because he always spent all day in the recliner, they didn't realize he couldn't move!

    Now I do NOT agree with taking children away–how would you set parameters?? But, these cases broke my heart. Your natural reaction is "Get them out of that home!" But that would definitely lead to random removals in the future.

  3. Oh. Slippery slope for sure. Support, educate, suggest, but don't remove children forcibly from their parents.

    If it weren't so politically incorrect cooking and child care would still be taught to girls in school. Women's "lib" threw the baby out with the bathwater. I often ask my teenage son's female friends if they've been taught how to care for a home or prepare nutricious meals, not one has a positive response.

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