Obese children should be temporarily placed in foster homes
A US doctor caused outrage last week after claiming that obese children should be taken from their parents. If advice, cajoling, warnings and social ridicule aren't working, how else can we stop the plague of childhood obesity, he argued. Carol Sarler of the Daily Mail agreed, arguing the rise in childhood obesity - one in five UK children are obese by the age of 11 - is storing up huge problems for the NHS and causing untold misery. Whilst parents may not mean to cause such harm, they need a wake-up call that goes beyond warnings from doctors - their children should be placed in foster homes for a period of time as an incentive for their parenting to improve. During that period, they would be required to learn about nutrition and proper portion sizes before their children were returned to them. If obesity is to be cured, solutions need to target the cause, not the effect.
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It's for their own good
Fat children are at a greater risk for disease, back problems, injury etc. The problem of obesity in young people is a serious one. while parents who can afford it, send their overweight children to weight loss camps, others are dealing with the problem at home. This means broken furniture, broken bones and bruises. It also means low self esteem, a lazy lifestyle resulting from being fat. Those who gain weight later in life are better equipped to run around and have little self-esteem issues, but those who are fat to begin with have a socially and psychologically negative perception of their looks and people's attitude towards them. [[http://www.wellspringcamps.com/]]
[[http://www.fatcampsinfo.com/]] Fat camps 'are' where perfectly confident children derive a negative perception of themselves. A lot of fat camps are run by fitness bullies who make fat kids feel ugly, disrespected and demoralized. Being fat is not a bad thing, unless you have weight related medical issues but derogating fat children is shameful and that is what should be objected to.
It is a concerned parent's responsibility to make sure his/her child is eating right (not too much not too little, a balanced diet comprising of all essential foods and nutrients) and exercising enough. This is because most kids have breakfast and dinner at home. Sending children off and then returning them to a home that made them fat in the first place is only going to lead to repeat weight gain.
Parents should also be active in checking out cafeteria/canteen food, to make sure it is healthy, tasty and nutritious. [[http://www.ecoliteracy.org/downloads/rethinking-school-lunch-guide]]
The best weight loss programs have buddy systems and use group synergy methods to keep participants motivated
Children may feel awkward about being overweight if every other child around them is not overweight. But at weight loss camps or such programs every other child is going through the same thing. and every participant is on a mission to eat better, look better and feel better. Psychological counselling, fresh food and expert fitness training will insure positive results. A program for children with weight problems, eating disorders and other unhealthy habits(?) is necessary considering the rise in child obesity and anorexia in recent years. Parents should join these camps too or at least a gym because let's face it, adults are no better off in the obesity margin. A government sponsored program of the sort will be accessible to everyone and quality can be better insured.
"There are various camps that provide healthy, well balanced diet. Just find out whether their menu meets nutritional needs and also limits calories, and whether their menu is flexible enough to allow for individual tastes and needs. Menus should be such that it provides minimum of 1500 calories each day and can minimize hunger and fatigue, while maximizing weight loss. Menus that offer fortified foods or vitamins supplementation are a plus.
Also look in for staff while choosing a weight loss camp. There will be a chef and housekeeping and administrative staff; you should look in for a professional staff. Are there any medical doctors, registered nurse and registered dietician available? Make sure there are well trained fitness personnel available. If there is not a psychological expert available, then you should make sure there are trained counselors who can help identify and offer solutions to such obstacles like emotional eating or other eating disorders."
Ultimately, parents have to do the research. Public schools are notorious for their unappealing menus and they 'are' government sponsored. Wouldn't it be better if parents were taught how to make tasty and healthy food, as well as educated on proper portion sizes and meal frequency for optimal health?
Ultimately, camp or 'the weight loss program' will come to an end, then what will parents and children eat?
Just what the doctor ordered
"...By last year, aged 12, she was up to a life-threatening 24st 4lb, with attendant problems such as diabetes and soaring blood pressure. We can only guess her score for self-esteem.
From Dr Ludwig’s clinic in Massachusetts, in the U.S., the state authorities took the girl straight to a foster home; there, she was fed three light meals a day, a couple of snacks and a therapeutic dose of physical activity.
As a result, she lost 9st 4lb in the first year."
Food served at home, school and eaten with friends/family at evenings/lunch/breakfast out or according to a child's lifestyle is what makes kids fat. Monitor what they eat and how they live 24/7 and they will naturally lose/gain weight or acquire a healthy lifestyle. Parents cannot watch their ids all the time, foster homes can.
[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2014978/Why-mother-believes-fat-children-taken-care.html]] Who is this doctor? how dare he claim that all fat kids should be institutionalized?
With that sort of insensitively, kids will lose weight along with their self esteem.
The example Dr. Ludwig gives is extreme, but all fat kids even those who are perfectly healthy will be targeted if the state started such a program. Currently Teenagers, parents and children all have the capacity to 'choose' whether they want to join a weight loss program or not. Privatized programs boast choice, variety and quality differences. Tailor-made weight-loss programs are relevant and effective. Being chucked into a home means choice is limited as is competition and variety. This attitude will further exemplify the negative impression that weight loss programs are like boot camps or jail.
It is not the child's fault if s/he is fat. More and more research reveals that what you eat, how you eat it and how much you exercise all factor in 'causes' of obesity. If a child is not getting a proper diet at home s/he is likely to become dangerously-fat/obese or conversely anorexic/bulimic. First off, parents need to be educated on a proper healthy diet, Questions such as "what should they put in a lunch box?", "The importance of a big breakfast" , "not eating extra cheesy pizza or bakery goods, more than twice a week or eating French treats as the French do in small portions", "Is your child lactose/gluten intolerant?" "What is your child allergic to?"etc need be answered.
It is ultimately a parent's responsibility to ensure his/her child is eating right, sleeping right and exercising enough. This is because most kids have breakfast and dinner at home. Sending children off to fat camp or eq. and then returning them to a home that made them fat in the first place is only going to lead to repeat weight gain.
Parents should also be active in checking out cafeteria/canteen food, to make sure it is healthy, tasty and nutritious unless they want Jamie Oliver to mock, ridicule and humiliate their kids on national/international television. [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/19/AR2010031901683.html]]
Jamie Oliver has been knighted for his work in Britain. His Feed Me Better campaign in 2005, has received much ovation because of the effectiveness of his methods. Jamie does not humiliated anyone and america is a free country people do not come on his show unwillingly, it is hard of course to go from junk to tasty but healthy food. Parents cannot convince their kids that a sugar high is a bad thing or those boxes of chocolate their nanna or grandma or grammy or nanny or baby sitter just gave them, is not to be eaten in one go or all the time.
Just as parents have to share the onus of teaching with teachers and schools generally, having their kids put in eat right programs of their liking, is a good idea. Parent's cannot be everywhere, they can't be big brother; health workers in these eat right summer camps can however keep the kids in check (as can other tots in the program, this is where peer-pressure has a positive impact . [[http://wn.com/the_oliver_show]]
Childhood Obesity isn't a good enough reason to put someone in foster home. Some people have genes or an endomorphic body type that makes them more prone to obesity and being overweight. Usually foster homes take children who are in danger of being hurt,traumatized or killed, obesity is utterly insignificant to that.
Agree partly to no opposite but most of the fat children become so because of lazy parents...fact. So it becomes an abuse.
no its the parents responsibility and if they done listen THEN you can put the in foster care!!!!!
the parents need to take stand for their kids and take care of them. its the same thing as putting them up for adoption and being seperated from the family. we have boot camps fat camps ect. tht will help with their obese problems!!!
Child obesity is a form of child abuse. It stifles the childs fun and sport times. It is unhealthy. It is mainly parents being lazy. Take them to the park, spend time with them instead of placating them with food.
Wat is the prblm......if obese kids live with their parents.......both fit and obese kids have same rights ........let their parents decide fr them wat to do.......why be sarcastic and interfere in cases and matter like this.....
If the parents are incapable of looking after their childs health then unfortunately this is the only answer. The child will only do what the parent allows, even if it is unhealthy.
its not the goverment who has to worry about your children. and fatness does not mean you have to turn over your child to foster care.
Yes the government (taxpayer) has to worry about fat kids, it is a form of abuse and they cost the health service (taxpayer) vast sums of money through being unhealthy. We are not saying you turn them over to foster care but as an abuse factor they should be put into care.
What do you think?