This is child abuse...

  • DrobUA

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    Dec 24, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    I saw this pic online and think it's disgusting. Not because the kids are fat, but because a parent would do this to their children. Children are not the ones who should be controlling what they eat. Take some responsibility!! Sorry... this made me mad haha

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    Dec 24, 2009 6:50 AM GMT
    At some point I was told that it's only appropriate to spank in Texas with ONE swat on the rear with your hand. ANYTHING more than that is child abuse.

    Gosh, that's such bad regulations in my opinion.
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    Dec 24, 2009 6:51 AM GMT
    Oh, sorry, I was rambling.

    Yeah, ain't that bad? Or perhaps the child has a genetic predisposition to becoming overweight? Gosh, just imagine how hard it might be on the parents if that were the case. I mean, they would have to be constantly taking time out of their schedule just to get that child into shape. Granted that parents will naturally do that, but if that were the situation then they pretty much would have absolutely 0 free time at all. I could almost understand their plight and not get so upset.

    Now if it's just parents that are like "here have a triple cheeseburger, son." everyday of the kid's life then I'd probably have something slight to say.
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    Dec 24, 2009 6:56 AM GMT
    Soulasphyxi saidOh, sorry, I was rambling.

    Yeah, ain't that bad? Or perhaps the child has a genetic predisposition to becoming overweight?


    Predisposition or not look where he is... I have a predisposition to be fat too. My fathers whole side of the family has had gastric bypass surgery, or died from a stroke or heart attack. My dad fixed his diabetes with diet. Trust me.. it's the parents fault.
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    Dec 24, 2009 7:16 AM GMT
    I agree. I have a grossly overweight son who lives with his mother and eats what she eats (he's 17). We've had some painful discussions about this and it's a heartbreaking situation. His uncle, my gay brother, is diabetic ( and a professional diabetes educator ) has had conversations with him as well.
    My other boy, his twin, asked me to train him at the gym last year and is now a complete fitness addict.
    When they were young I fed them well. Fresh vegetables every night, brown rice, lean proteins, lots of fruit and the regular childhood treats too - but in moderation. Now the overweight one drinks soda and eats French fries as a meal and the athletic one is asking me to suggest books about nutrition.
    Their mother was trim and fit when I met her ( I'm a sperm donor Dad - she's a Lesbian) and we were both agreed about diet for our sons. Now she overeats to compensate for her emotional problems.
    So here we have two human beings who were both exposed to nearly the same information and examples, but who have reacted to it in very different ways. Of course the situation has Mom and Dad at war. It's very difficult.
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    Dec 24, 2009 7:17 AM GMT
    DrobUA said
    Soulasphyxi saidOh, sorry, I was rambling.

    Yeah, ain't that bad? Or perhaps the child has a genetic predisposition to becoming overweight?


    Predisposition or not look where he is... I have a predisposition to be fat too. My fathers whole side of the family has had gastric bypass surgery, or died from a stroke or heart attack. My dad fixed his diabetes with diet. Trust me.. it's the parents fault.
    But aren't there currently more than 13 genes associated with obesity? icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 24, 2009 7:34 AM GMT
    Soulasphyxi said
    DrobUA said
    Soulasphyxi saidOh, sorry, I was rambling.

    Yeah, ain't that bad? Or perhaps the child has a genetic predisposition to becoming overweight?


    Predisposition or not look where he is... I have a predisposition to be fat too. My fathers whole side of the family has had gastric bypass surgery, or died from a stroke or heart attack. My dad fixed his diabetes with diet. Trust me.. it's the parents fault.
    But aren't there currently more than 13 genes associated with obesity? icon_eek.gif


    Probably... but the kid is at a Mcdonalds... My point is if you have the disposition it doesn't mean, "oh well I might as well eat myself to death."
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    Dec 24, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    One of the most disturbing things I have seen in a while. It's not like those kids are eating happy meals, either. That looks like a big-ass box of fries and a pretty good size soda. If that is any indication, I would hate to see what sandwiches they ate. While they may have a genetic disposition to obesity, there are some somewhat healthier options at McD's and it doesn't appear that they are eating that.
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    Dec 24, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    haha i saw this picture years ago.

    its pretty gross. starting your kids off like that is setting them up for failure, not to mention cardiac arrest.
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    Dec 24, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    eew look at the wrist folds..
  • GQjock

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    Dec 24, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    Yes ... I do agree this IS child abuse
    but it's a mental problem in the parents where they think
    "I love you so much I'll feed you everything I can get my hands on"
    It's like the goldfish you killed when you were young because you over fed it
    The love becomes a weapon that will kill just as much as any gun
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    Dec 24, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    On to the McDonalds topic, here in Arizona, they've replaced the tubey play-place with Nintendo GameCubes... Not only do you eat their processed cardboard/grease, but you do so while sitting down and playing video games. Yipeeee!
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    Dec 24, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    Soulasphyxi saidOh, sorry, I was rambling.

    Yeah, ain't that bad? Or perhaps the child has a genetic predisposition to becoming overweight? Gosh, just imagine how hard it might be on the parents if that were the case. I mean, they would have to be constantly taking time out of their schedule just to get that child into shape. Granted that parents will naturally do that, but if that were the situation then they pretty much would have absolutely 0 free time at all. I could almost understand their plight and not get so upset.

    Now if it's just parents that are like "here have a triple cheeseburger, son." everyday of the kid's life then I'd probably have something slight to say.


    In broad terms, we're all genetically pre-disposed to packing on fat. This is an adaptation largely to ensure that you could survive periods where food was scarce, in particular in the winter months. And while there are multiple genes associated with obesity, those genes 100 years ago were actually beneficial.

    However, that being said, while a person may be genetically predisposed to packing on fat, the truth of the matter is that they won't become obese if their diet is healthy. Fruits, vegetables, and exercise--something a simple as biking riding, for example.

    Fast food, high fat foods, processed foods that are sweetened with HFCS, combined with hours sitting in front of the television or playing video games, will make children fat. When they become morbidly obese, this is truly a result of the parent not paying attention, or caving to every demand the child has. When the child becomes so fat that it endangers their health, this is maybe not so much child abuse as neglect.

    Where I live in New York, you see this constantly. For one kid of a healthy height-to-weight ratio, there are about 200 kids that are morbidly obese. And trust me, you generally don't see this children out on their bikes. Normally, you see them screaming in a store when they aren't getting what they want until their mother or father cave in, or at fast food restaurants as pictured above.

    So I wouldn't be too sanctimonious. Genetics don't make you fat. Diet and lack of exercise do, no matter what your genetic predisposition is.
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    Dec 26, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
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    Dec 26, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    wow poor children, worst thing they dont have any concience till they star growing up and it will be too late to lose weight
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    Dec 26, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    he only has a thyroid problem...lol..or hes trying to make weight for the wrestling team.
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    Dec 26, 2009 4:40 AM GMT
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    Exactly my first thought.
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    Dec 26, 2009 4:52 AM GMT
    The game is rigged.

    We provide almost no education on nutrition or cooking.
    Government subsidizes food with poor nutrition and good food is very expensive.
    Physical education is a joke.
    School meals are abominable.
    Food stamps are too meager.
    Many doctors and clinics do not provide preventative care.

    No wonder obesity is more rampant in lower income families. We set the game up for everyone to fail. And the most clever policy can think of is a tax on already subsidized soft drinks?

    BAH!
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    Dec 26, 2009 4:56 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidThe game is rigged.

    We provide almost no education on nutrition or cooking.
    Government subsidizes food with poor nutrition and good food is very expensive.
    Physical education is a joke.
    School meals are abominable.
    Food stamps are too meager.
    Many doctors and clinics do not provide preventative care.

    No wonder obesity is more rampant in lower income families. We set the game up for everyone to fail. And the most clever policy can think of is a tax on already subsidized soft drinks?

    BAH!


    excuse me its not just low income families....in general Americans are fat. You forgot to put that little tid bid of info in.
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    Dec 26, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidThe game is rigged.


    No wonder obesity is more rampant in lower income families. We set the game up for everyone to fail. And the most clever policy can think of is a tax on already subsidized soft drinks?

    BAH!


    I don’t know if this is true of other cities, but in Orlando’s poorer neighborhoods grocery stores are closing down; only leaving fast food and asian takeout restaurants. It’s hard to get healthy choices when there are fewer choices.

    Back when I started high school (’84) my school had 4 junk food vending machines and 10 soda machines placed around the campus.

    It is sick and sad.