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    Ohio puts 200-pound third-grader in foster care

    An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.
    http://www.wivb.com/dpps/news/nation...r-care_3999389

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    Where's the imminent risk ? The sad thing is that she probably agreed/volunteered for services because she wanted help for her child. Once you agree to their 'plan' and let them in the door they can do this without proving imminent risk. This is why I don't suggest cooperating with them. Make them prove their case and don't do anything that isn't court ordered.

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    I wonder if he has been tested for any metabolic disorders?

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    But leave "thin" children with their pedophile or physically abusive parents.. Sigh. TOO much "big brother" going on in this country and in all the wrong ways!
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    Yes, parents should be free to raise behemoths who'll drop dead before they're 30. I think not.

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    I am not trying to make excuses for anyone, but I think MAYBE the large amounts of hormones and other chemicals in the food are not doing anone's kids any good. I'm just sayin'.

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    Taking an overweight child from his home because he is overweight is abuse IMO.

    There had to be a better way to handle this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Yes, parents should be free to raise behemoths who'll drop dead before they're 30. I think not.
    There's no evidence that the government will do a better job. Hope they don't send him to a family like the Barahona's. Many children go through phases/ spurts where they're larger at certain ages and it's purely speculation/ opinion that he'll drop dead at an early age. They took him from his home based on opinion not abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefriahaia View Post
    I am not trying to make excuses for anyone, but I think MAYBE the large amounts of hormones and other chemicals in the food are not doing anone's kids any good. I'm just sayin'.
    Good point. Especially the growth hormones they're giving cows to produce more milk. My 10 year old hit puberty last year !! She's almost 5'2 and weights 135 lbs. She has the body of a 14 year old !! I'm worried about her weight but I can't watch every bite she puts in her mouth. It's also hard for me to tell her no when she asks for something to eat.
    My son turned 12 and he's 5'5 & 148 lbs. He's not overweight for his height but last year he was really chunky. He has asthma and used flovent (an inhaled steroid) on a daily basis. After researching flovent and it's side effects, I had the doc take him off and he has slimmed down alot. There are many things that can cause obesity besides parental negligence.
    What's next ? I can't get my son to eat any vegetables, he could drop dead before 30, but what am I supposed to do ? I make him take a multi- vitamin but if I hold him down (impossible because he's bigger than me) and shove the veggies down his throat, they'd take him because I'm abusive. If the state placed him in foster care, how would the chosen 'better' parents get him to eat veggies ? Would they get to hold him down ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberlyd125 View Post
    Taking an overweight child from his home because he is overweight is abuse IMO.

    There had to be a better way to handle this.
    Can you imagine the emotional trauma this little boy is going through ?


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    I can understand removing a severely obese child from parents who refuse to cooperate with a doctor's treatment plan.

    Not every overeating child gets this big. There is something WRONG, more than an overly indulgent parent. Just as reasonable as removing a diabetic child whose parents refuse to provide insulin and proper diet.

    Anyone remember Jessica, the four hundred pound little one? She must be a teenager by now. I don't think she was removed forcibly, but she was sent into residential treatment for her obesity. I saw a YouTube of her recently. She's very delayed. She has obvious emotional and mental problems which you can't help but assume tie into how a four year old child could weigh 400 pounds. She was not just an over indulged child, she had/has a severe disability.

    That said, I seriously doubt the child welfare system is going to go about snatching children with high BSA's. They can't even manage to protect much the children being beaten and raped and locked in cages. I'm not worried this will get out of control.

    I do have concerns about too much government intrusion into private lives, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Yes, parents should be free to raise behemoths who'll drop dead before they're 30. I think not.

    My now (2 yr old) was born big.....
    And he is big to this day....over 50 lbs.....he gets plenty of exercise and loves fruits and veggies.....We DO feed him healthy. I have never seen a child his age who liked spinach, cauliflower, broccolli, collards, etcccccc......... but he does!!!!
    So, sorry if I don't like your post.

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    I hope the child was only removed at least after the family was given a chance to control food intake and learn what was wrong. ADD, and a child who has inherited mental illness could eat to extremes, and I don't see how one this young could have had a chance to be observed by teachers or many people outside the home. He'll probably be trying to sneak food, get up early to look for food, and be begging the other kids for extra food. Hopefully the foster family doesn't have a jillion kids to look after, so that they can really observe this child and find out what's wrong. No way could it just be a parent at fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimberlyd125 View Post
    Taking an overweight child from his home because he is overweight is abuse IMO.

    There had to be a better way to handle this.
    I agree. And 8 is a very interesting age. My son was quite chubby at that age and had a belly too. He's 14 now and shot up and is now tall and thin. But at 8, I'd dare you to call me an abusive mom because my son liked to eat. He wasn't 200 pounds, but where do you draw the line? Is anything over 120 gonna risk my kid from being removed? I think not!

    Now this young child has a whole heck of a lot more to deal with than weight loss. He's been removed from his home, from his mother, and is no doubt looking forward to years of therapy!

    Did they (whomever "they" are) even give the mom a chance? It's very very difficult to get weight off an 8 year old. Been there done that, glad I threw in the towel!



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    I am not sure how I feel about this one. I too am concerned with big brother aspect of this. Not to even get into the fact that there are children who are literally being beaten to death and CPS is having a hard enough time protecting the ones who are in imminent danger.

    The only way I can see even MAYBE supporting this situation here is if CPS has been involved for a while as have doctors and the parents are simply adamantly refusing to follow the medical advice. Even then I am a little iffy.

    CPS is, by its own admission, overworked, underfunded, understaffed, etc etc. Do they really need to be ripping heavy kids out of their homes if the danger isn't imminent?? And I mean, heart attack next week imminent.

    This one makes me all kinds of uncomfortable.

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