Cleveland area mother loses custody of 8 year old child for not doing enough to control his weight.

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    Dec 03, 2011 5:51 PM GMT
    Is the government going too far or are they looking out for the best interest of the child?

    "An eight year old boy in third grade from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been removed from his home after he grew to 218 pounds, weighing nearly as much as four times the usual. The average weight for an eight-year-old boy is 57 pounds - about one quarter of what the Ohio boy weighs."

    http://www.news-medical.net/news/20111128/Obese-boye28099s-mother-loses-custody.aspx
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    Dec 03, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    It's an overreaction to be sure, but at some point, allowing a child to be four times his or her optimal weight is negligent.
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    Dec 04, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    They could accomplish more with less money if they forced her to go to a dietician and someone who forces them to exercise.

    I doubt if there is really only his obesity to the storyline. But I didn't read the article, so I don't know.
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    Dec 04, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2011/07/13/two_harvard_researchers_advocate_putting_extremely_obese_kids_in.html
    http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/2/206.extract

    I actually read the whole piece in print (it's behind a paywall). The point is that it has to be a case-by-case basis. Giving custody to relatives might be a compromise, but the specifics of the case remain unknown to us.

    We're not talking about just obesity. It's superobesity, off the charts, so to speak:
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    Assuming that the 8 year old kid has average height (50 inches), his BMI is 49!
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    Dec 04, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Following extreme example

    http://news.yahoo.com/mother-force-fed-baby-death-155806091.html
    "A nurse faces jail after killing her baby by force-feeding in the first case of its kind in Britain.

    Gloria Dwomoh was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Wednesday of causing or allowing the death of her 10-month-old daughter Diamond.

    She was said to be obsessed with the child's weight and poured liquidised food into her mouth when she was weaning her.

    The baby died in March last year after being taken to a hospital near her home in Waltham Forest, east London, the Press Association reported.

    A post-mortem examination found the child died from pneumonia caused by food, including meat and cereals, in her lungs.

    Social workers and health professionals apologised for not saving the baby, the latest in a line of children let down by carers.

    They said an investigation was being launched into feeding methods used by mothers, particularly those from cultures where bigger babies are considered to be healthier.

    Dwomoh, who worked at St Thomas' Hospital in south London, had wept in court as she denied doing anything to harm her baby.

    She said she and her siblings had been fed the same way by her mother in Ghana when she was weaning them onto solid food.
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    So just when should the government step in to protect the child? After diabetes sets in but before rigamortis does?
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    Dec 05, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    theantijock saidSo just when should the government step in to protect the child? After diabetes sets in but before rigamortis does?



    In this case, the government probably had to step in. In the comments below the different places where this story was reported, there was a lot of sentiment that Ohio's Department of Children and Family Services was going too far. I am sure if this was a case of a mother allowing her 8 year old child to smoke, there would have been little opposition, but really what is the difference? This isn't just a boy who is a little pudgy, it is very severe. By not taking the steps necessary to to get his weight under control, she is robbing him of many years from his life.
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    Dec 05, 2011 3:41 AM GMT
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    theantijock said... I am sure if this was a case of a mother allowing her 8 year old child to smoke, there would have been little opposition....


    Or playing with guns and we've even laws about that..

    Seems that this issue is food made for an easy target.
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    Dec 05, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
    The mom apparent says she's doing "everything" the doctors tell her to do. Short of capturing every moment of his life on a video, there's no way to tell. And it doesn't make sense that if she had maintained a negative calorie balance for him, he wouldn't lose weight. (In fact he did lose weight but gained it all back)

    http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/28/an-obese-boy-is-placed-in-foster-care-can-it-help/EIt's not clear what types of interventions Cuyahoga County's department of children and family services offered the Cleveland Heights mother, but a spokeswoman for the agency told the Plain Dealer that it had worked with her for more than a year before asking the courts to remove the boy from his home. The mother had enrolled her son in a program for obese children at the Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, but after losing weight last year, the boy had recently begun gaining it back.
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    [N]ow lawyers for the mother say they've been told that the foster mother who has the child in a neighboring suburb is having trouble keeping up with all of his appointments.

    There was even a discussion about getting the foster mother additional help or moving the child again, this time to a foster home with a personal trainer, Amata said.

    "I wonder why they didn't offer the mother that kind of extra help," Amata said.


    I really do not envy the personal trainer.icon_eek.gif