Officials Remove Obese Third Grader From Mother's Care
Well here's a story that's causing a lot of controversy. According to ABC News, an obese third grader in Cleveland was taken from his mother's care after officials said she wasn't properly helping the boy to lose weight and get healthy. The boy, whose name has not been released, weighed more than 200 pounds and was suffering from sleep apnea due to his weight.
Last year, after the mother took the boy to the hospital when he was having breathing problems, officials began monitoring the case. The boy was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was enrolled in a healthy lifestyle program. While in the program, the boy lost a few pounds, but after starting to gain it back, the Department of Children and Family Services asked a juvenile court for custody of the boy, citing his weight as a form of medical neglect, according to media reports. Next month, the case will go to trial to see if the mother will regain custody.
This isn't the first time medical neglect has been used as a reason to remove obese children from their parents and place them in foster care. While some say getting a child healthy is all that matters, others cite that removing children from their homes does more harm than good.
What do you think about this controversial subject?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.