How Obese is Obese Enough to Take a Child from Their Home?
Last week I was asked to be an expert for a HLN story involving an 8-year-old boy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. This boy is morbidly obese, tipping the scales at 218 pounds. The Department of Children and Family Services took the boy into foster care after they felt the mother was unable to follow through with appropriate measures prescribed for the boy in order to lose weight. The mother’s defense was that she was going to school, in addition to working as an elementary teacher. She felt that she could not monitor the child at all times. Apparently, family members and friends were sneaking food to the boy.
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