Friday, May 21, 2010

If Your Kid Is Fat, Are You To Blame?

If a kid is overweight and his parents don't do enough to trim him down, should they be charged with neglect? That's what happened in Scotland.  Local authorities took 7 children away from a couple, claiming the fat kids were at risk because the parents weren't doing enough to help the kids slim down.  Similar cases are happening in the U.S..  A South Carolina mom lost custody of her 14 year old son who weighed 555 pounds.  Other cases have been reported in California, Texas, and New York.  1/3 of kids in the U.S. are overweight or obese.  Are parents to blame?  Research says nearly 1/2 of parents of overweight kids, don't perceive their kids as fat.

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