Jul 13, 201101:17 PMBaby Love

Should parents lose custody of obese children?

Jul 13, 2011 - 01:17 PM

That's what some Harvard researchers are suggesting in this article.

Oh man, I'm not sure where I stand on this one.  There are so many other factors to take in account.

If the child is put into foster care, will that be a better place for him/her? I tend to think that being severely obese is a psychological issue and that being put into foster care could further damage the child's mental health.  Thus, worsening the problem altogether. 

I guess that until a certain age, it isn't psychological, though.  Like when there is an obese 2-year-old, it can be directly correlated with the child's parents.  So, taking the child out of that environment would give them a better chance of leading a healthy life. 

I think the deeper problem here lies within the American culture...the fast food, the tv, the computer, the non-engaging parents. 

I have joked in my blog many times that my child is no light weight.  In fact, he is on the heavier spectrum.  Already, at only 18-months old, I have to have strong control on his food intake.  Of course he wants another fig newton, but guess what, I don't give him another one.  He will actually go into the kitchen and point at the cabinet for a "figgy", but instead, I divert his attention by going outside to play (or read a book when it's 115 degrees out). 

The kid loves to eat.

At his 18 month check-up I talked with his pediatrician about it.  I explained this scenario:

He is with his two cousins who are 6 and 2 1/2.  We are all having lunch and for dessert everyone gets two cookies.  The 6-year-old eats one of the two and the 2 1/2-year-old doesn't want to sit still long enough to eat either of them.  Well, my child will eat his two cookies, then reach for the ones his cousins left behind.  That's just his nature (I have no idea where he gets it, ahem).

She assured me that just by being aware and taking appropriate measures, it won't be a problem.

Don't get the wrong idea...I don't make him eat rice cakes all day and he even gets the occasional snow cone.  But, I'll take a couple scoops of a snow cone and put them in a bowl appropriate for him. 

We don't do juice, he doesn't need it.

I am diligent about preparing vegetables for him. I have to get pretty creative at times for him to even try them, but I try. 

The article says that over 17% of children in the U.S. are considered to be obese.  That is just unbelievable and very, very sad. 

While writing all this, I have decided that the children shouldn't be taken away from their parents.  That's too severe. 

Instead, there should be some sort of mandatory counseling for the parents.  They're the ones that have the problem.  They're the ones setting their kids up for an unhealthy, and most likely unhappy, life.

Now taking away babies from moms who smoke while pregnant...that I would support. 


P.S. Here is a helpful article from our March issue about kids learning self control.

P.S.S. What do you think?


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The first years of motherhood are the most educational years of your life.  Abby Rodgers shares the highs, the lows, the love and complete shock of being a new mom.  She'll write what she has learned and also seek advice from you about things she has yet to figure out.  Abby keeps it real with a little humor and a lot of love. 

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