This is my first question and as many know obesity is a very dear subject of mine considering I used to be obese myself. I would like to get opinions on this topic. There has been an abundance of new material posted regarding this topic. Let me know your thoughts!
Fuel the Movement,
As a mother first, I must say that parents for the most parents love their children dearly.
However, at times when parents have adequate knowledge and education that a specific intervention will help their child (even though the intervention might be uncomfortable or even painful) the parents decide that the painful intervention is the best approach in the interest of the child. Removal of the child might be the painful intervention. I believe in situations like the above, the behavior that forces the parent to overfeed the child needs to be addressed as a family so, that family can understand the importance of the intervention.
For me the question is the same as should a child be removed from their parents household if the parent is a chain-smoker or smokes while she is pregnant, or uses illegal drugs in the privacy of their home, or is putting the child a risk but the damage is not as visible as obesity? Where do you draw the line if the reason for removal of the child is because the actions of the parent put the child’s health at risk? What barometer are we using to measure what is abusive behavior on the part of the parent? A parent may decide to allow their child to play violent video games. Where does one draw the line?