Childhood Obesity Controversy

Hey friends! How are you doing? Did you all have a lovely weekend?

We did, of course. I spent way too much time with my 2-month old nephew…..and lazed about. It was awesome.

my sister with her 2-month old boy!

While lazing about I also finished the blogger book club book (“The Violets of March“) Julie set up for the month of December. Nerd alert. I guess that is what happens when you give me an intriguing book to read, a sleeping baby on my chest, and a comfy couch….I put all other responsibilities aside.

{The book was awesome, in case you’re wondering! An intriguing, historical, romantic mystery}


The other day I read an article in USToday that mentioned the fact that a very obese 3rd-grade child was taken from his family’s care by the state because of “neglect,” and placed in foster care. The mother of course denied it all and was quite distraught.

I found it all so sad, mainly for the little boy who was being ‘saved’ by the state. This boy was obviously struggling (he weighed over 200 pounds and as mentioned, is in the third grade), and it seems so wrong to be taken from the home because of his weight.

this was the article

Most of the obesity experts said, “weight control is a family affair” and I think I agree with them for the most part. I believe that if the parents are doing their part as best they can some things should be left alone by the state.

I have always recognized that parents are the ones who provide the food and make healthy choices readily available to their children, as best as possible, and that it is up to the child to choose how much of that available food to eat. It is widely known that children know how much to eat and when they are full, so this would work, in theory.

However, there are some metabolic disorders and emotional experiences that may cause a child to override that innate satiety factor, but those cases are definitely the minority.

By the way, did you know that over 1/3rd of the children in the U.S. are overweight or obese?! This statistic is horrifying and makes me want do something to change that! I guess motivating all the parents as much as possible to be healthy could be a good start….. 😉

look at those numbers!

Looks like they learn younger than we think…..Makes me even more motivated to be the healthiest ME I can be :)

Okay–Off to teach some PUMP–it is a killer playlist. FUN!

So, what do YOU all think–is it a state decision or the family’s decision when a child is in the morbidly obese category at such a young age?

What did YOUR parents do to help YOU have a safe, healthy eating environment?? What is YOUR workout today?

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  1. hmm this is very interesting. i do think when children are so young, parents do play a MAJOR role… i mean if they are keeping twinkies in the house and allowing their child to eat them… why wouldn’t they?? i do think it is parents’ responsibility to teach a healthy lifestyle, ideally lead by example, but i know that is not always the case… taking the child from his parents? i’m not sure if i agree with that, but unfortunately our government doesn’t have much else set up for what to do in this scenario. but i do agree that it’s the parents’ fault. my parents always cooked wholesome meals, packed our lunches, involved us in every sport possible, and restricted the amount of tv we watched.. in fact, we were so busy, i never wanted to watch tv! my workout today will include a jillian michael’s workout via dvd at school in the classroom with 2 other teachers after work haha

    • Yeah, I wish there was another option the govt could have done too. I love that your parents did such a nice job with your habits as a youngin’ –you have kept that! THat ROCKS. :) Have FUN doing that video–sounds hilarious!

  2. It’s so sad they let him get to that size. Poor little guy. That will certainly affect the child for years to come, emotionally and physically. That’s crazy about the 1/3 statistic though – that’s a lotta’ kids!

  3. This is very sad. I hear eating habits are developed at young age, although you can change it later as an adult–I bet it’s hard though, because I like the food I grew up with!
    Although the parents play a big role in the child’s food intake, I don’t think the state should’ve taken him away. Something like dietician visiting regularly or requiring them to participate in groups/gathering for “healthy eating” may have been a better decision..? I bet the child is traumatized for having to leave home..
    Obesity is a leading problem the U.S. has :(

  4. caroline orien says:

    Sounds like that family needed a different intervention especially if that family had more than one kid. The root of the problem isn’t fixed by having the state take away the child. The root of the problem is lack of education on how to be healthy and why. If the state wants to do something about it, the state should funnel money into prevention programs for both parents and children.

    My workout? not sure yet. I am trying to be motivated to do something after two crazy nights of work and another on the horizon.

  5. Wow that’s really interesting! I think it depends on the situation, but I definitely think that the boy’s case should have been looked into a bit more because you’re right- it could have been a metabolic disorder and nothing to do with the parents! And I’m glad you enjoyed Violets of March! Can’t wait to read it 😀

  6. great topic. i personally believe it’s the family’s decision a lot of the time. of course there could be certain cases where it’s a metabolic or other problem, but i think a lot of the children that are obese in our nation today is because of the decisions their parents made regarding their eating habits. i’m not sure of the details regarding the young boy in article you mentioned, so i can’t really evaluate what i think of all of that. but i do think making sure your fridge and cupboards are full of healthy options, fitting in a vegetable at dinner, making sure your child stops when their full, etc. are all small ways to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

  7. Great post love!

    As you know, I grew up a very overweight child. We didn’t have a lot of money and as such we lived mainly off of boxed, processed foods that were cheap. My folks didn’t neglect me…They did the best they could with the means they had to work with…

    I would say in my own situation, I would have been absolutely devastated to be taken from my family because I was overweight…Granted I wasn’t 200 pounds in grade 3 but I was still very heavy. I think every situation is going to be different and if there is clear neglect in a child’s family life I think there is cause for concern BUT uprooting a child from potentially the only happiness they know, well, I don’t think that’s right.

    I think as a society we need to be EDUCATED. Healthy habits start at home and we need parents to get educated so they can pass on those healthy habits to their kids.

    Food for thought.

    • Yes, each situation IS difffeerent, but I agree-everyone needs more education on this all, for sure! THanks for sharing Katie :)

  8. This is a fabulous post. As a child, my mother tried to keep sugar and refined foods out of my diet. As a teenager, I responded by sneaking them and hiding them in my room. However, it didn’t work out all bad – by the time I was 18, I had given up refined sugar, (still haven’t had it, and I’m nearly 25) and started the process of refining my diet by removing most refined foods. No matter what, you have to learn in your own time, but I believe parents can show the way.

  9. Childhood obesity upsets me more than you can imagine. I was the chubby girl growing up and a huge part of that was the food kept in our house, I ate more poptarts and oreos than anyone ever should. I believe it’s all the parents at a young age. I mean, obese at 2??? That child did not to that to him or herself. I’ve always wanted to find a way to get involved but I’ve never found an organization that I can help with, without being a parent or teacher



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