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Ohio puts 200-pound third-grader in foster care
Yahoo/AP ^ | 11/28/11

Posted on 11/28/2011 4:14:25 AM PST by EBH

Edited on 11/28/2011 6:50:22 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

CLEVELAND (AP) An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.


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KEYWORDS: diabetes; foodpolice; fructose; govtabuse; lustig; nafld; nannystate; obesity; sugar; toxic
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County places obese Cleveland Heights child in foster care

County workers were alerted to the child's weight in early 2010 after his mother took him to a hospital for breathing problems. He was diagnosed with sleep apnea, which can be weight-related, and was given the breathing machine. Social workers began to monitor him under what the county calls protective supervision.

Last year, the boy lost weight but in recent months began to gain it back rapidly. That's when the county moved to take the child, records show.

The mother said that when she found out that other kids and a sibling might be giving her son extra food, she tried to put a stop to it and explain to him that he could eat only certain foods.

She tried to follow the recommendations of the doctors, such as getting him a bike and encouraging him to get exercise.

The mother wonders what role genetics plays in the boy's condition -- both she and his father and some other family members are overweight, she said. However, she also has a 16-year-old son who is tall and thin.

The mother agreed to enroll the child in a special Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital program called Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight.

1 posted on 11/28/2011 4:14:30 AM PST by EBH
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To: EBH
Just like Hitler, the state demands that all people should like a certain way. If they can take kids away, they can take an individual away too. Obamacare will be too expensive if people are not all slim and healthy. CONTROL.
2 posted on 11/28/2011 4:23:27 AM PST by Linda Frances
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To: EBH; null and void
An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds

Calm down everybody it's not as bad as it looks. He's 15.

/s

The mother agreed to enroll the child in a special Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital program called Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight.

The poor kid. Something about that doesn't sit quite right.

3 posted on 11/28/2011 4:24:53 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: EBH

Poor little guy, he’s screwed no matter what happens.


4 posted on 11/28/2011 4:25:37 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: EBH

Yeah the genetics did it, not the 12 Big Macs for snacktime before dinner.


5 posted on 11/28/2011 4:26:52 AM PST by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: EBH

In all this, was there ever a screening for congenital metabolic illness? I’d bet the gummit paid very minimal attention to heredity. This might be a special needs child but I doubt that the mom was purposely stuffing the kid silly, or that a program for ordinarily obese kids was sufficient to address the problem.


6 posted on 11/28/2011 4:27:29 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (bloodwashed not whitewashed)
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To: EBH

Just another step on the slippery slope. Soon as parents we will only be genetic donors and the children will be taken at birth automatically. The state does EVERYTHING better don’t you know.


7 posted on 11/28/2011 4:28:20 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: EBH

I bet this headline put a big ‘ol smile on Michelle’s face when she read it.


8 posted on 11/28/2011 4:30:27 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: petercooper

You mean sarcasm but the diet of a fatty and a thin one might be very similar. From memory, I had the opposite problem as a kid. I was a beanpole who didn’t gain an ounce and mom tried such things as feeding me lots of high fat food to no avail. Now I wish I had that problem, as adult years suddenly saw a great fattening of my waistline.


9 posted on 11/28/2011 4:30:43 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (bloodwashed not whitewashed)
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To: EBH
We should immediately ban, or increase taxes, on fatty foods.

Hopefully /s is obvious

10 posted on 11/28/2011 4:34:24 AM PST by SteelCurtain_SSN720 (If you pass the rabid child, say "hammer down" for me)
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To: EBH

Maybe they should outlaw obesity; make it a felony.

Try this kid as an adult; lock him up.

They want to lock us all up anyway; this seems like a good place to start.


11 posted on 11/28/2011 4:34:51 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Ezekiel

Rainbow Babies and Children’s hospital has been around for decades, long before ‘rainbow’ means what it does today.

They are a leading hospital in child healthcare.

If the mother had this child under the direction and care at Rainbow...she was doing the best available thing for him.


12 posted on 11/28/2011 4:49:10 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: Linda Frances

It sounds like they tried to work with this mother for years now, but she comes across as ineffective.

Fat isn’t the only health reason a kid may need to be removed for supervised medical care. It may be his only hope of not living a short and miserable life. If I was a 200 pound 8 yr old I’d hope some adults would step in and try to help me, even if I had to take a break from my family.!


13 posted on 11/28/2011 4:50:07 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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incredible. When I was a kid, I lived in a free country..


14 posted on 11/28/2011 4:52:25 AM PST by newnhdad
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To: silverleaf

Maybe mandatory pre-natal genetic screening would be the answer. /sarcasm


15 posted on 11/28/2011 4:56:02 AM PST by BillGunn (Bill Gunn for Congress district one rep. Massachusetts)
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To: EBH

But now lawyers for the mother say they've been told that the foster mother who has the child in a neighboring suburb is having trouble keeping up with all of his appointments.

There was even a discussion about getting the foster mother additional help or moving the child again, this time to a foster home with a personal trainer, Amata said.

"I wonder why they didn't offer the mother that kind of extra help," Amata said.

I can't even begin to imagine the psychological damage the state is inflicting on this poor kid.

16 posted on 11/28/2011 5:00:59 AM PST by elli1
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...big boned....


17 posted on 11/28/2011 5:03:11 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: EBH

He’s been super sized. Didn’t anyone tell the sheeple that they’ll end up looking like the first wookie if they eat like the first wookie?


18 posted on 11/28/2011 5:05:34 AM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
From memory, I had the opposite problem as a kid. I was a beanpole who didn’t gain an ounce and mom tried such things as feeding me lots of high fat food to no avail. Now I wish I had that problem, as adult years suddenly saw a great fattening of my waistline.

Same here. Except for one sister, six of us looked almost anemic, while one was always heavy, and she ate less than the rest of us. It took fifty plus years, but the rest of us caught up with her.

Kidding aside, I know two teenagers, who were grossly over-weight until middle school. Both sets of parents tried all kinds of diets, but none worked. Time took care of the problem on its own.

19 posted on 11/28/2011 5:10:23 AM PST by Jaidyn
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To: BillGunn

Maybe removing him from a home where the other kids sabotaged his diet and fed him junk food while the mother “tried” to meet the kid’s doctors recommendations would be the answer.

Oh wait....


20 posted on 11/28/2011 5:10:46 AM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: EBH

This is a case of social worker overkill.I suppose to make their jobs seem relevant and influential, these overzealous government henchmen considered ripping a kid from his family the best solution to lead him on the road to healthy living. I cannot imagine how anyone can think this was the right thing to do. What is more surprising is how the State of Ohio could allow this Socialistic, nanny state overture to occur in a presumably democratic society. The mother could have used assistance when the boy was home and it would have cost the state much less money.


21 posted on 11/28/2011 5:22:00 AM PST by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: Jaidyn
Kidding aside, I know two teenagers, who were grossly over-weight until middle school. Both sets of parents tried all kinds of diets, but none worked. Time took care of the problem on its own.

AT 13, I was 5'6" tall and weighed 150 pounds. At 14, I was 6" tall and weighed 150 pounds.

The problem took care of itself.
22 posted on 11/28/2011 5:25:31 AM PST by Misplaced Texan (July 4, 2009 - the first day of the 2nd Revolution!)
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To: EBH
you gonna eat that???

23 posted on 11/28/2011 5:26:18 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: All

yes,, might be a metabolic problem or pituitary gland problem. Hope they checked all that out.


24 posted on 11/28/2011 5:31:18 AM PST by CharlotteVRWC
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To: All

I remember a thread a few weeks ago where I got flamed for not agreeing that the government should have taken Elien (spelling probably off) Gonzalez from his father.
People here on FR decided that because we didn’t agree with how he chose to raise his son, we had the right to take the boy from him. I was the only one who thought it’s wasn’t our business what politics the man believed in.
But when the Fed disagrees with us, people now cry government over reach. Which is it? Should the Fed take children at will, or stay out of family’s business?


25 posted on 11/28/2011 5:58:04 AM PST by LevinFan
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To: HiTech RedNeck

BS. Your stomach is as big as your fist. Too many people simply over eat and blame it on genetics.


26 posted on 11/28/2011 6:05:48 AM PST by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: elli1

Or if they do move him and because the state failed to address the health issues properly...

God forbid this child dies at the hands of the “state approved personal trainer.”


27 posted on 11/28/2011 6:15:32 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

but if you put the kid on sex-change therapy drugs, that’s fine??


28 posted on 11/28/2011 6:21:03 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Linda Frances
Just like Hitler

Yep
29 posted on 11/28/2011 6:21:22 AM PST by novemberslady
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To: petercooper

Yes...some over eat.

But there are medical conditions that can have a profound influence on weight. Something as simple as a hormonal imbalance can lead to fast weight gain with no change in diet or exercise. In fact, hormonal imbalance has been found to the be issue for many perimenpausal women.

On a personal note in the last year I’ve gained nearly 15 unexplained pounds. I eat right and get lots of exercise and I do mean lots of exercise...yet the pounds keep coming. Why? I am perimenpausal.


30 posted on 11/28/2011 6:23:08 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: GeronL

of course that would be fine, you are doing it for his/her mental health...


31 posted on 11/28/2011 6:24:10 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: petercooper

“Too many people simply over eat and blame it on genetics.”

I agree that too many people eat poorly and blame it on genetics. However, that does not mean that a metabolic disorder is not a factor in *this* case. This case appears extreme and would indicate there is something beyond common overeating.


32 posted on 11/28/2011 6:31:27 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: BillGunn

Actually as the parent of an adopted metabolically morbidly obese child, I have done some research in this area. There are studies that show that abortion is the option 65% of the time for parents who have been told that their child might be obese.


33 posted on 11/28/2011 6:31:48 AM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: EBH

Just wait.... there will be some here that say “ it’s all in your head” sorta stuff......

That’s what I got told when I gained 20 in a year with perimenopausal weight gain...........not by FReepers but by others. Sucks doesn’t it ? Yeah, big time sucks. And it does NOT want to come off no matter what ~ ugh.


34 posted on 11/28/2011 6:32:22 AM PST by simplesimon (You are entitled to your own opinions but not your own "facts"...........)
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To: simplesimon
IT will come off....join Weigh Watchers.

I know.....it works.

35 posted on 11/28/2011 6:41:13 AM PST by mickie (my grandson is in Marine boot camp)
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To: EBH

I know parents who allow their children to eat WHENEVER they are hungry.


36 posted on 11/28/2011 6:53:52 AM PST by reaganator
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To: EBH

It just would have been easier to not allow your kid to eat anything they want in sight.


37 posted on 11/28/2011 7:00:45 AM PST by hitchwolf
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To: LevinFan

I haven’t seen anyone respond to your question, but I wanted to let you know that I agree with you 100% on Elian Gonzalez. You’re not alone on that one. His mother died, so obviously his father has the right to his son. Period. You live your way and leave me alone to live my way. Anything else to me seems hypocritical, IMHO.


38 posted on 11/28/2011 7:06:57 AM PST by bearkat
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To: samtheman

Create new Controlled Substance Act of 1970 categories for various foods.

Have Moochelle do it by Executive Order.

Create a War on Foods.

Create an offshoot of the DEA: the Food Enforcement Administration.

Get the FEA lots of high tech surveillance and SWAT-like anti-personnel equipment, and throw out due process.

Have them partner with a newly-expanded BATFE that now sports an F (for Food) at the end.

Much food comes from Mexico - get ICE involved.

Obesity is a national security issue - get DHS involved.

Kids get much food at schools - get DOEd involved.

Have the FDA require that all food be dispensed at government facilities with a doctor’s Rx, and that the growing and processing and packaging and distribution of all food (and water?) be controlled by the Federal government.

Have the FBI coordinate with the other agencies to insure that the inevitable graft and crime is punished, except when politicians and bureaucrats are involved.

Pass a new stimulus package - say $4.8T - to get the ball rolling.

Yeah. That’s the ticket.


39 posted on 11/28/2011 7:10:04 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: EBH

This women is an idiot, the state worked with her for a year.


40 posted on 11/28/2011 7:31:02 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: EBH

200 lbs at 15 years old, my dispute would be that the child doesn’t need foster care, he needs hospitalization; and if there is no medical reason for his weight, then his mother needs court-ordered psychiatric analysis.

Though chronic health problems may not develop for some years, being so morbidly obese will likely cause damage that could result in acute problems, not just chronic ones, such as heart, liver and kidney damage.

There is probably a good chance that the mother suffers from the equivalent of reverse anorexia (bigorexia) by proxy. As fat as her child is, in her mind he is starving to death and look emaciated. (Bigorexia is normally associated with weight lifters who think they look too small and wish to gain too much muscle mass, but in some cases applies to just body bulk and weight, not just muscle.)

As such, there are some medicines that would effectively normalize her perspective, so she could see obesity as obesity, not as starvation.


41 posted on 11/28/2011 7:44:01 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: dagogo redux

It feels like you’ve left out several agencies and a Czar or two, but I’ll be darned if I know which ones...


42 posted on 11/28/2011 7:46:38 AM PST by null and void (This is day 1042 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: org.whodat
This women is an idiot,...

Oh, the irony.

A singular female is a 'woman'. The plural of that is 'women'. And no, I don't have anything better to do than correct your spelling.

43 posted on 11/28/2011 8:06:52 AM PST by Washi
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To: petercooper

Do you have a source for that claim?


44 posted on 11/28/2011 8:09:23 AM PST by TankerKC (Welcome to the age of "I Meant to Do That" Diplomacy)
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To: EBH

The bigger sin is that the kid is 15 years old and only in the third grade. How come nothing is being said about that?


45 posted on 11/28/2011 8:18:24 AM PST by CTOCS (I live in my own little world. But, it's okay. They know me there....)
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To: samtheman
Maybe they should outlaw obesity; make it a felony.

Shhh, don't give them any more ideas.

46 posted on 11/28/2011 8:37:24 AM PST by madison10
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To: CTOCS

Try reading the article. The kid is eight years old.


47 posted on 11/28/2011 8:38:45 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (Moose Alert!!!! Get some sleeves!)
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To: EBH


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(09:10) Now, you all know, back in 1982, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, and the US Department of Agriculture, admonished us to reduce our total fat consumption from 40% to 30%. Everybody remember that? ... So what happened? We did it. We've done it. 40% calories down to 30%. And look what's happened to the obesity, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke prevalance, ALL jacked way up as our total fat consumption as a percent, has gone down. It ain't the fat, people. It ain't the fat. So what it it? Well, it's the carbohydrate. Specifically, which carbohydrate? ... (20:05) ...But indeed, this is true, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar are EXACTLY the same. They are both equally bad. They are both dangerous. They are both poison. OK?, I said it. Poison. My charge before the end of tonight, is to demonstrate that fructose is a poison. And I will do it. And you will tell me if I was successful. (22:48) So you can see that more and more of our caloric intake, a higher percentage, is being accounted for by sugar, every single year. So we're eating more; we're eating more sugar. And for adolescents today, they're up to almost 75 grams [of fructose] per day; 12% of total caloric intake. And 25% of adolescents consume at least 15% of their calories per day from fructose alone. This is a DISASTER. An absolute unmitigated disaster. The fat's going down, the sugar is going up, and we're all getting sick. Now let me show you why...
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48 posted on 11/28/2011 8:59:14 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Touche’. Got misinformed from another source saying the child was 15. My bad...


49 posted on 11/28/2011 9:06:22 AM PST by CTOCS (I live in my own little world. But, it's okay. They know me there....)
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To: madison10

Yeah, I know. Maybe they didn’t think of this one yet and here I am spilling it.


50 posted on 11/28/2011 9:08:12 AM PST by samtheman
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