In an article sure spark a firestorm of debate, the Orlando Sentinel reports in this story on an article by L.A. Times writer Karen Kaplan. According to a group of child health specialists from England and Ireland, children who are obese and therefore at risk of developing lifelong complications should be removed from their homes.
If parents fail to provide medical treatment for a child with a chronic disease like asthma or epilepsy, government welfare officials can put the young patient in foster care. Should they do the same for children who are obese — and therefore at risk of developing lifelong complications such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes?
“Childhood obesity can be seen as a failure to adequately care for your children by failing to provide a healthy diet and sufficient activity, whether through direct neglect or more subtly through an inability to deny children the pleasures of energy dense fast food and television viewing,” the experts write in a paper published online here by the British Medical Journal.