I’m sure everybody has read or at least heard about the new article in the AMA Journal that hit today.
Here’s my response (behind the cut for triggers — discussion of abuse):
Before we take obese children away from their parents (just because they are obese), let’s actually get the children who are being physically abused out of their dangerous situations and into safe (foster or adoptive) homes. Let’s spend the money to have enough case workers in every city and county to make sure the at risk children (children who have actual signs of being really abused — like bruises, excessive broken bones, burns, etc) have the resources they need. Let’s identify the children who are being sexually abused and get them away from the creeps that call themselves “fathers” or “mothers”. And let’s get the children who are emotionally abused into safe loving families as well.
Let’s also spend enough money to have the resources so that all children who have truly been abused (and being obese does NOT equal child abuse by any stretch of the imagination) can have psychiatric care, competent councilors who can help them with the emotional problems that is an effect of abuse. Let’s make sure to figure out how to effectively treat PTSD, DID, Panic Disorder, Severe Depression, Suicidal Ideation, and all other consequences of abuse, so the children can be effectively helped.
Once we’ve done all that, when no more children are being abused, and those who have been are in effective treatment and in loving homes, then, AND ONLY THEN, should we give any type of thoughts about taking kids away from loving parents who’s only “crime” is that their kids are fat — for whatever reason!
Really? There are way too many ways parents are getting away with murdering their kids (literally) for anybody with any brains to seriously think we should add more work to an already overburdened system. Protect the kids who are truly being abused. Leave the fat kids alone (unless there are real signs of abuse in them, like the above mentioned bruises or broken bones or burns or other signals).
For the record: I am a survivor of long term physical, emotional, and sexual abuse when I was a kid. One of the ways my parents abused me was to STARVE me. Most parents who are abusive or neglectful AREN’T overfeeding their kids.
Seriously. There is no “obesity epidemic”. It’s been manufactured and propigated by the damn diet industry. If you look at the credentials of the idiots who wrote that article, it includes “Optimal Weight for Life Program” as one of their associations. Basically, a DIET program. Also, he states things that the American Diabetes Association debunks in their “Myths about Diabetes” page (namely, that being fat means you will get diabetes).
The government, federal, state, and local, don’t have enough money to make sure that children who are really being abused obtain the help they need. If they do this hairbrained scheme, then children in real danger are going to continue being in extremely bad situations as resources are diverted to a modern day witch hunt. Is this a wise use of our (the taxpayers) money?