Fat Ass Mom Gets Arrested for having 550 pound fat ass kid!! Awesome!

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    Jul 22, 2009 12:14 PM GMT
    Old news, but it was on the front of CNN.com this morning.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/07/22/cb.obesity.crime.cnn
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:07 PM GMT
    This is long overdue! I'm appalled at the ever-increasing size of kids these days, and I think parents should absolutely be held accountable. Shame on them for setting their children up for a lifetime of health problems and social ridicule.

    Who here DOESN'T think this is okay?
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:22 PM GMT
    What is sad is that the authorities waited until the poor kid was 550 pounds at 14 years old before they stepped in. That's just pathetic that a parent would allow that to happen -- I hope she gets prosecuted for it. I can only imagine the pain, not to mention the cruelty at school, this child must have been subjected to.
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:24 PM GMT
    Regardless of whether or not its about weight or the kids comes to school with deficits, parents never read to ther kids, etc. I am constantly surprised at the reaction of many people to their 'parental rights." I think the better term should be 'the privilege to be a parent.' You are a caretaker of that person and therefore should have their best interests at heart. For too long, the law excused alot of parental behavior. Its about time they reined that in somewhat.
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:37 PM GMT
    jpopenb saidRegardless of whether or not its about weight or the kids comes to school with deficits, parents never read to ther kids, etc. I am constantly surprised at the reaction of many people to their 'parental rights." I think the better term should be 'the privilege to be a parent.' You are a caretaker of that person and therefore should have their best interests at heart. For too long, the law excused alot of parental behavior. Its about time they reined that in somewhat.


    Agreed. If someone else hits your kid, it's abuse; if a parent does it, it's called tough love. There's such a double standard that children have a lack of rights as long as their parents are in charge.
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:44 PM GMT

    What a ridiculous excuse that the mother gave. Had she educated him from small about eating right, I honestly believe it would not have been as extreme as it is.

    This is a sick epidemic with young inner city families. Nutrition is not a topic of discussion and these kids are tossed to the wind with false hopes and expectations of a successful healthy life. She's placed a stigma on him for life.

    I mean grant it there probably isn't a whole food's market in her close vicinity, and the school should be punished for not stopping him from eating so many lunches, but how hard is it to by whole wheat bread instead of white, stock the fridge with fruits, juices without high fructose corn syrup, raw veggies with dressings..ect.
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    Jul 22, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    My biggest concern with these low-income cases is access.

    Access to the money required to buy a lot of the healthier foods.

    Access to education that would have helped the mom and the kid make better choices.

    I'm not necessarily taking her side, but I do want to see some discussion of the other side of the coin.
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    Jul 22, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    It doesn't take more money to buy ingredients for a big pot of healthy soup with good vegetables in it - then it does for a round of fat junk food at a hamburger or taco stand. People don't need to be educated about that. They just need to stop being lazy. Yes, it takes work to make something healthy and it is faster to go out for junk food. THAT is the problem - - - - laziness - - not education. It is about choices.
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    Jul 22, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    I'm glad the state intervened, since the government has a vested interest in the well-being of its citizens, but I think arresting her and filing charges was the wrong move.

    The emotional toll this will have on the boy is too severe, and if the mother is facing a fine in lieu of incarceration, it certainly won't help matters for the mother as she is already destitute, leaving her strapped for cash to help pay for improvements.

    From what I heard last night, the mother received around $30,000 to get treatment for her son in North Carolina. Granted, she waited for the last minute, but when she arrived, she was told they wouldn't be able to assist her because they didn't know the child weighed 500 lbs. So evidently, before her arrest, she did seek help.
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    Jul 22, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    The world's fattest kid is a 16 year old, white, 880 pound, boy, in Houston, Texas. His mother contends that she continues to drown him in all the wrong food because she "loves him so much."

    The State of Texas did NOT arrest her, although, clearly, in the Discovery Health documentary done on the case, the mother is the prime enabler.

    Poverty is no excuse for letting your kid get to 500, or 800, pounds. That's just bad parenting.
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    Jul 22, 2009 11:54 PM GMT
    so at what over weight should kids be pulled from the home?

    There are far better ways of addressing this, also if this mother was upper class this would not have happened of having her child pulled out of her home and her being arrested.
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    Jul 23, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    I was once privvy to an episode with a social worker friend of mine whose job it was to rescue kids from abusive parents. The particular episode involved a man who was sexually abusing his son. When confronted about it he stated "he's my kid, I'll raise him my way".

    A license to reproduce should be required.
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    Jul 23, 2009 12:46 AM GMT
    sfinboston saidso at what over weight should kids be pulled from the home?

    There are far better ways of addressing this, also if this mother was upper class this would not have happened of having her child pulled out of her home and her being arrested.


    You'd have them be 800? What suggestions would you promote as alternatives?
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:00 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidIt doesn't take more money to buy ingredients for a big pot of healthy soup with good vegetables in it - then it does for a round of fat junk food at a hamburger or taco stand. People don't need to be educated about that. They just need to stop being lazy. Yes, it takes work to make something healthy and it is faster to go out for junk food. THAT is the problem - - - - laziness - - not education. It is about choices.

    Actually, a lot of sociologists would disagree with you. I just took a course on medical sociology.

    We tend to focus on individual choice as the only fault of the obesity epidemic. That's just not true. Individual choice does have a significant impact on one's health, yes, but sociocultural, economic, psychological, and peer pressures also factor greatly into what a person eats and believes is healthy.

    An obese woman once said to my mom: "when I go to McDonald's I eat healthier now--I only have one cheeseburger and a large fry instead of two burgers."

    Additionally, people in the lower class are six times more likely to be overweight than those in the middle and upper class. They are also more likely to buy processed foods rather than organic.

    You break everything down to lazy people. I'm sure that is the case in some instances--but it is a broad-sweeping answer for why Americans are so overweight. Breaking it down to laziness is responsible in the eyes of those who study the health of societies.

    The "lazy" argument also places all of the blame on the individual without thinking about other factors and how they influence the foods we consume as a society. The "lazy" argument, in a sense, implies that EVERYONE is under the same circumstances, and so if one person overcomes poor eating habits, EVERYONE should be able to do the same with the same amount of work. "If I can stay healthy, why can't this 400 lb woman do the same?"--once again an oversimplification of a complex issue.

    Finally, I have to take a stab at our society as a whole... particularly those in the business and marketing field. I believe capitalism has run amuck. How did such corrupt people get to the position of controlling what the majority of our society consumes? Food companies and fast food joints will market products which have loads of fat, calories, and cholesterol--Americans eat these products and quickly get addicted. At some national chain burger joints, there are burgers which contains a day’s worth of calories... 2000cal. How do those people sleep at night knowing that they are making products which harm Americans... solely to increase profit? They care more about Money than they do America's health. Why even market the item in the first place… is money worth it? Look what is being down to our kids... how can we teach them to eat well in schools when there is candy, fast foods, and processed food advertisements all around them? What kid is going to choose an organic salad over a Happy Meal?
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:22 AM GMT
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    sfinboston saidso at what over weight should kids be pulled from the home?

    There are far better ways of addressing this, also if this mother was upper class this would not have happened of having her child pulled out of her home and her being arrested.


    You'd have them be 800? What suggestions would you promote as alternatives?


    well current case load are going throught the roof and as a former social worker I would view this as pretty low on the list of abuse.

    What I would suggest is education on nutrition for both the parents and the children. Also, the schools should be required to provide health meals and stop offering up deep fried food and stuff that isnt healthy.
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    I think about the cost to the kid and society.

    Here's something to ponder: by 2010 49% of all Americans will have at LEAST one chronic disease, most induced by obesity.

    Perhaps we should review our priorities.
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidI think about the cost to the kid and society.

    Here's something to ponder: by 2010 49% of all Americans will have at LEAST one chronic disease, most induced by obesity.

    Perhaps we should review our priorities.


    Oh I agree, but I dont think using social services is the right way. I think this should be community based and indepth education on eating healthy and showing people how to buy healthy.
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:43 AM GMT
    I just don't think criminal charges is the answer. I'm all in favor of mandatory treatment for morbidly obese children, but if they are going to arrest the parents of obese children and charge them with child neglect, I don't think the tax paying citizens of South Carolina will be all too pleased. After all, South Carolina has a 26.2 percentage of obese individuals.

    I do agree that it is bad parenting, but I think the state should have tried another tactic to get the desired result.

    But some good may come out of this. Not just for the boy, but the case may act as a general deterrence and scare some parents into keeping an eye on what they're children are eating and how much.
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    Jul 23, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    are we going to go after wealthy families with fat kids or will we focus only on lower-socially economic community and people of color? As a former social worker, we never ever took a child from a middle class white family or wealthy family.
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    Jul 23, 2009 7:27 PM GMT
    No decent parent lets their kid get to 800, or even 550. It's not justifiable under any circumstances.

    If they did it to their dog, or cat, they'd go to jail, but, we respect our pets more than our children.

    It's sickening.