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200 LB, 8 years old

have you read/seen this story? the authorities are discussing whether to take custody of the young boy. i totally agree with some of the experts who are calling this child abuse. what do you all think?

Tue. Feb 27, 11:01am

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Could you provide a link?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 11:02 AM

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here is a video link from cnn


Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 11:04 AM

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and from AOL, an article. the 2 sites offer different weights for the boy, but you get the idea.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 11:05 AM

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Wow, that is one big boy! I think that he should be taken into protective custody. It makes me sad. I would think that if my child has so unhealthy and at such a risk, I would do anything and everything in my power to get him healthy. The article claims that she misses appointments with doctors and nutritionists. That tells me that she is not doing her part as the adult. That reads as neglect to me. Poor boy, he is just a child, he needs someone to stand up for him and take care of him.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 11:39 AM

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Get that boy some Broccoli!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 11:48 AM

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To 11:39 poster:

I agree. The boy simply doesn't know any better, he is only 8! Feed him what he needs not what he wants. The doctor's response said it all: "They actually love him to death."

The poor boy is missing school, missing doctor's appointments, has no social life and gets teased. The boy and mother both need help.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 12:24 PM

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We had a debate in my Grade 7/8 class about this boy this morning. My students were not really sure who to blame but had good arguements for both sides. As an educator I have seen the rise of childhood obe Parents also need to model healthy eating habits.sity. The children suffer physically and emotionally. Good eating habits need to start when they are babies. If they are not given junk food on a regular basis and are given fruit and veggies they will like them. Parents also need to model healthy eating habits.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 2:06 PM

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the mother remains his guardian. i think it's disgraceful!! the parents who starved their children got jail time. this is so wrong to abuse the little boy this way!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 3:47 PM

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I agree that he should be taken into protective custody. Did you read his menu? He has snacks every 20 minutes - that is definite abuse!!!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 4:30 PM

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I admit that I haven't read the articles yet (I'm sneaking a post from work lol), but I've got to weigh in (no pun intended) at least a little bit on the other side...

I DID hear a news brief about it on the radio. I know nothing about the missed appointments and such, but I *DO* understand about the mother's statement (quoted on the radio) about "what do you do when he is begging for food?"

My daughter just turned 11, and she is 140 pounds. Of course, she is also nearly 5'2" already, but she still qualifies definitely as overweight, if not into the obese category herself. Like the mother in the story, what DO you do, when the child is complaining that he/she is starving? Even healthy foods will make you fat if you eat too much of them. I severely restrict junk food, only allow her to drink sugarless drinks (crystal lite, koolaid made with splenda, diet cola (occasionally), water, etc) and encourage her to snack on fruits or veggies when she has just "gotta" have more food, but she is STILL quite large for her age & height.

She can match the amount of dinner that I eat, and a few hours later when I'm still feeling full, she is complaining that she is starved again.

What else can I do? I've TRIED to get her to ignore it & "train" her stomach not to expect food in the evenings, but it isn't working. "Mommy, I'm STARVING!" is the daily refrain.

She has swimming, baton, gymnastics (45 minutes each) & curling (1.5 hours) once each per week, gym classes & recess play time at school, walks home from school every day, and she goes to Curves with me 3-4 times a week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 4:34 PM

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