Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Are Obese Children Suffering From Neglect???

An article brought to my attention by CalorieLab , Obese kids: Parents probe, states the following:

SOCIAL SERVICES are understood to be investigating at least 20 cases of neglect involving overweight and overfed children in the UK.

The shock figures emerged yesterday as a small cache of doctors called for obesity in the under-12s to be officially classified as parental neglect.

Such a radical reaction to the increasing problem of childhood obesity could see children taken into care for their own health, if the idea is ever adopted by the Government.

It is unlikely that it will ever be used as anything but a last-resort action as the British Medical Association said doctors and health professionals prefer to work with parents, rather than “criminalize” them.

The organization's annual conference yesterday called for a raft of measures to tackle childhood obesity, including a halt to the selling of school playgrounds and sports fields and condemning supermarkets and food manufacturers who have decided against using the Food Standards Agency’s traffic light food labeling system.

But they stopped short of agreeing that obesity in young children amounted to parental neglect.

Granted, I'm all for looking at way to stop the obesity epidemic among young people. BUT, this is NOT the answer. But what do you expect from the British government. They stop the advertising for a nutritious real food like EGGS. Yet, they still continue to spew forth plenty of advertisements geared towards children for processed food products.


PJ said...

In most states of the US, if your kid is absent from school more than they like -- and they count a tardy as half a day absence -- you get referred to the DA, potentially fined, potentially jailed, potentially can lose your kids, plus if you get nailed for that, they put you on the state "Child Abuser List" -- no shit, it's "educational neglect" but it's considered child abuse just as much as if you sexually molested and beat them. Most states have pushed hard for years to make it nearly impossible to homeschool or to make it expensive and little different than regular school. Some states, like OK where I live, have a lot more homeschooling parents keeping that safe (for the moment).

John Taylor Gatto's books on education are well worth reading, especially his 'secret history of education in America'. One of the recurring themes relates to using children and 'for the good of the children' as a means of imposing more government control of the population at large.

Anonymous said...

I read about this a few weeks back and was horrified then and I'm horrified now. It's ridiculous how they're trying to fix this problem and it kind of begs the question about the control issue as the above comments mention. I dunno, but I can think of a million ways to go about helping these children and families instead of all this.

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Anonymous said...

What I find interesting is the research pointing to the fact that obesity in our western culture appears to stem from mal-nutrition, i.e. because we eat junk on the whole our bodies are not getting the nutrition they need and so are permanently hungry, thus more junk, thus more hunger, thus more obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc, etc.
I just started blending greens. Immediately, my energy levels zoomed sky high, I started waking up early and sleeping really well too. You can blend greens and still eat rubbish (not a great idea of course) and you will get all your nutrients. Body happy. Mind happy. Soul happy. Thanks for the great blog.

Cindy said...

While I disagree that obesity should be treated as abuse, the parents of children that are seriously obese, like the little girl that can't even walk anymore, shouldn't be ignored.

No, I don't know what actions should be taken, but something should be done...something should have been done before the child got to the point where she couldn't walk!! If that means tagging the parent as an abuser, and even taking the kid away? I'm not so sure...but there has to be a point where we say enough is enough and step in.