Saturday, August 16, 2008
Should Obese Children Be Taken Away From Their Parents?

The Local Government Association in Britain has warned that the worst cases of obesity will be increasingly seen as evidence of "parental neglect," and that social workers will have to step in to offer advice to protect the child's welfare.

They believe that in the most extreme cases, children could be taken away from parents.

This message came after it was revealed that:

  • Councils are fitting super-size cremation furnaces to cope with fat corpses
  • Ambulances have fitted extra-wide stretchers and winches for obese patients
  • Schools are buying bigger seats for classrooms

About 1 in 4 people in England is obese and considered so overweight that it threatens the person's health.

LGA public health spokesman David Rogers said some councils are already taking actions "where parents are putting children's health in real danger.

"Councils would step in to deal with an under-nourished and neglected child so should a case with a morbidly obese child be different?" he continued. "There needs to be a national debate about the extent to which it is acceptable for local authorities to take action in cases where the welfare of children is in real jeopardy."

Last year we met 8 year-old Connor McCreaddie who weighs 218lbs. Because his weight was 3 times the weight of most children his age he was removed from his parents home so that health officials could get his health back on track.

At that time, a doctor close to the situation believed that Colin was at risk of dying before he was 30.

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