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11-28-2011 09:08 PM  5 years agoPost 1
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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.

The Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.

The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.

BLOG: Expert advice on how to talk to your child about weight

Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.

A spokeswoman says the county removed the child because caseworkers saw his mother's inability to reduce his weight as medical neglect.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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11-28-2011 09:10 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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No question in my mind that this is a disturbing trend.

Not only by the mother and father, but, mostly by the state.

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11-28-2011 09:19 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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i think so to , because look at the record of the gov,s way of taking care of kids in foster care ,almost as good a system as prison for turning out better schooled criminals

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11-28-2011 11:31 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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What did Ronald Reagan say about BIG government!?

I love gravity, it always keeps my feet planted when I fly!

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11-29-2011 12:01 AM  5 years agoPost 5
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Absolutely wrong that the state intervened. I don't classify this as child abuse. sorry.

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11-29-2011 12:50 AM  5 years agoPost 6
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11-29-2011 07:13 AM  5 years agoPost 7
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This is a tough call. My nephew 23 yr old is obese close to 400 lbs.
This to us is not funny . His parents are to blame for this and we as a familly made this known. When johnathan was a young boy all of 5years old he and his father would eat an entire chicken fried at midnight, ths child would eat consatntly and his mom (my sister ) had no problem with it, The boy could not play any youth sports, not even youth football. When he reached highschool I introduced him to the varsity football coach, he lasted one week when his mom pulled him, (she didnt want him to get hurt) the truth came out when the familly was told he has a heart condidtion, high blood pressure, etc.
Last year, his father John Sr. and I were working in sacramento on I-80 when John got a call that his son had a heart attack at the age of 22. To listen and see this man cry and beg that his son would be ok was heart breaking! Johnathan survived this attack, and a month later we were at my sister's home when I overheard them scolding Johnathan for not sticking to his diet! She and my brotherinlaw went off on him as if this condition was his fault! John Sr. told me "that boy thinks he can just eat pizza's all week long like its the thing to do"
I replied to him.. "Kinda like the way he would get up at night and eat a whole chicken with his dad?"

My point is this problem is the parents fault, it is the our fault as a society as well. I dont know what takes place at the schools in other states, but here in california, when I was a child we had sports in middle school, physical education was manditory, to get your semester grade a student had to complete a 6 minute run, around the track, do a set amount of situps, pushup's, and pullups each excersize you had one minute to complete a target number for a grade .
Now Those days are gone! kids dont do anything if they dont have to!
Parents need to ste up and be acountable for this problem whe it comes to obeseity.

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11-29-2011 02:38 PM  5 years agoPost 8
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it's not child abuse, it's neglect and endangerment. and luckily for the child, the decision to remove from the home is made by a court who has to deliberate over the decision based on observations and reports by CPS, and not by the public whims of persons whose sole basis is what they have read in an article that was reprinted on a toy helicopter forum.

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11-29-2011 04:08 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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I'm sure the mother had several warnings to get her kid in shape before they removed him from the home. What bothers me most is where do you draw the line when the government intervenes? 100 lbs overweight? 50 lbs?

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11-30-2011 02:40 AM  5 years agoPost 10
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she had 20 months.

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11-30-2011 02:59 AM  5 years agoPost 11
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Think of this

He's going to get another Christmas.

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