Skip to comments.Seven obese children placed in care[UK]
Posted on 10/29/2008 3:24:52 PM PDT by BGHater
At least seven children have been placed in care over fears they were too fat, it has been disclosed.
Obtained under Freedom of Information laws, reports showed one boy aged six in Derby was taken from his home by social workers because he was dangerously obese.
Another boy in London, aged 12, was put into care with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 - 60 per cent above the 17.5 average for his age.
In Cumbria, social services intervened when one girl aged only eight weighed over 9st and wore size 16 clothes.
Dr Colin Waine, former head of the National Obesity Forum, called for closer monitoring of children to avoid them being taken into care.
He told The Daily Mirror: "This would enable appropriate action to be taken so we eliminate the need for such drastic measures. I'm looking for a position where this never becomes necessary."
Recent figures suggest a third of 13-year-olds are obese or overweight, and that a million children in England will be obese within five years.
Earlier this month, Tam Fry, a member of the National Obesity Forum's board, told a conference that youngster over-fed by their parents should be treated as victims of abuse, as happens with malnourished children.
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Fat boys, fat boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
BMI is B.S.
De-socialize your medical industry and let the fat reap what they have had jolly good time sowing.
Next we’ll have the blonde hair, blue eye, freckle police.
And so it begins. When they start taking your children away, you are a slave, period. And there is no nice way to end that sort of tyranny. “Disruptive” children are next, then those who are too skinny, too quiet, too smart, to slow, etc.
I don’t know. There is such a thing as child abuse, and some extreme cases of obesity may fall into that category.
Agreed. Most weightlifters have high BMI.
Difficult isn’t it. On the one hand people should have the freedom to eat what they like, but on the other, what do we do when so many of them make bad choices? I’m not in any position to condemn as I’m borderline obese myself (food is just SO good!) but I at least try to keep it under control.
It will happen here, too.