children's health

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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  • This is sure a tricky question. I sure would not like it if my child was taken from me. But I am sure others think that the child needs to be protected and that the state should do it.

  • the government is buttin into peoples personal lives way to often when in most of the cases they should not be involved in at all. So, the kid is overweight…what right do they have to take it away from their parents?

  • i would probably end up killing anyone that tryed to take my kid but i do belive that there are those times i think that there should be prograns that are put in place to educate and that it should be purely from parental neglect aka feeding them nothing but mcdonalds all day long but yes only after other progranes failed due to the parent neglecting the child i have the oppicet problem i cant get my kid to eat even if i give him mc donalds all day so i guess it just depends on the situatin thatnk god for humanity i guess

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