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…hard enough being the “fat kid” without the threat of DFACS coming in and taking you away from your parents?

Oh, it’s already happened.

And it’s more and more being recommended by Doctors in cases of extreme obesity in children.

Michelle Obama’s fat kid fight aside, this is serous business.

I wasn’t fat as a kid, so I can’t imagine the pain they are going through.  I had my own issues, and that was enough for me.  But, fat kids are teased, ridiculed, and often times abused at school.

Something does need to be done.

An opinion piece in last week’s Journal of the American Medical Association says putting children temporarily in foster care is in some cases more ethical than obesity surgery.

Maybe both are wrong.

Obesity surgery for teens is kinda scary, and I would hope a last resort.  And conditions like Polycystic ovary syndrome can’t be treated with surgery. 

Now, doctors have opined, and alerted the state family services offices in many states. 

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston, said the point isn’t to “… blame parents, but rather to act in children’s best interest and get them help that for whatever reason their parents can’t provide.”

Ok, lets work with the parents then, not tear familes apart.

Lindsey Murtag, who wrote the article, went on to add, “…state intervention ideally will support not just the child but the whole family, with the goal of reuniting child and family as soon as possible. That may require instruction on parenting.”

Instruction on parenting – isn’t there a whole wall for that at Borders?

She also said, “Despite the discomfort posed by state intervention, it may sometimes be necessary to protect a child.”

Is DFACS doing a good job in your state?

And of course when it comes to proper intervention, there are opposing sides.  University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Art Caplan said he worries that the debate risks “putting too much blame on parents. Obese children are victims of advertising, marketing, peer pressure and bullying — things a parent can’t control.”

“If you’re going to change a child’s weight, you’re going to have to change all of them,” Caplan said.

About  2 million U.S. children are extremely obese.

Most are not in immediate danger, but some have obesity-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties and liver problems that could kill them by age 30.

Jerri Gray, a Greenville, S.C., single mother who lost custody of her 555-pound 14-year-old son two years ago, said authorities don’t understand the challenges families may face in trying to control their kids’ weight.

“I was always working two jobs so we wouldn’t end up living in ghettos,” Gray said. She often didn’t have time to cook, and the drive through window was her option of choice.  When she turned to doctors, whom she trusted,  for help for her son’s big appetite, she was accused of neglect.

Her sister has custody of the boy, who is now 16.

The sister has the money to help him with a special diet and exercise, and the boy has lost more than 200 pounds.

“Even though good has come out of this as far as him losing weight, he told me just last week, ‘Mommy, I want to be back with you so bad.’ They’ve done damage by pulling us apart,” Gray said.

Did anyone think to help the mom?

Some Most of it is common sense.  Allowing the kid to continue to gorge is stupidity, maybe laziness, and maybe even neglect.  Granted, parents who let their kids ramp UP to 555 pounds, should be caned publicly in Decatur Square, but ripping a family apart?  I’m just not sure.

What do you think?

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