Did our eyes deceive us?
The Journal of American Medical Association answers the question “Should parents lose custody of super-obese kids?” with a resounding affirmative!
Apparently, this is already happening! Doctors are accusing and reporting these parents for neglect.
Anyone in the medical community should know that obesity is a medical, health issue, not parental child abuse and neglect. Isn’t their job to treat and inform, especially where ignorance abounds? In fact, the word “doctor” actually means “teacher.” Now their job is to find reasons to report parents to the state and filter children into foster programs.
“Despite the discomfort posed by state intervention, it may sometimes be necessary to protect a child,” said Lindsey Murtagh, lawyer and researcher.
By this logic, responsibility would also need to lie with school administrators, USDA, grocers, distributors, day cares, babysitters, grandparents, etc…and here’s a thought – Doctors! Doctors who in 8 years of medical school take an average of two nutrition classes.
Plus, although diet plays one of the largest roles in obesity, it is not the only cause. Should parents be blamed for a child’s hormonal imbalance? Real medical anomalies that can show obesity as a symptom are even depicted in medical dramas like House. Part of what goes into diet is the food, the cheapest and most accessible of which is laden with HFCS, and other chemical food additives. Or what if a child goes against dietary rules when they are often in school and with friends?
How can parents (who are supposed to be responsible for their children’s health) be expected to perform at optimum capacity with bad information from the AMA, ADA, bad food supply, lack of availability of healthy foods and time, and public schools feeding their children garbage? How about yanking them from the schools or yanking the addictive food culprits from the chain?
While it’s sad that children are allowed to become morbidly obese, it is painfully laughable that putting them in state run foster care is going to be the preferable situation and benefit the whole family with reduced obesity issues. Basically, some of the factors leading up to the obesity epidemic, some of the ones that are expected to help with obesity, are opting for punishment, blame, and separating children from their parents which will profit other systems.
Read the full article here: http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/07/16/ama-parents-should-lose-custody-of-super-obese-kids/