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originally posted by: TiredofControlFreaks
There is absolutely no evidence of the parents having done anything wrong! They have a fat kid and they couldn't MAKE him lose weight. Considering how hard it is for anyone to lose wieght, that isn't surprising. And it isn't a crime.
originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: TiredofControlFreaks
Wilfully continuing to make choices which you know are damaging to your childs health is a crime, as it should be in any caring society.
People jump out of their skins to explain to the world how superior they are because they are normal weight.
"I just work out 7 days a week and eat nothing but organic lettuce I grow in my back yard" is the normal response and no one even stops to think how the fat person might feel.
originally posted by: XcathdraI am not quite sure how it works in other countries but here in the states medical personnel (Doctors / nurses) are considered mandatory reporters (law enforcement is as well). When an incident occurs that directly affects the health of a child is required to be reported for follow up.
Obesity is not covered.
A court shall have regard in particular to—
(a)the ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in the light of his age and understanding);
(b)his physical, emotional and educational needs;
(c)the likely effect on him of any change in his circumstances;
(d)his age, sex, background and any characteristics of his which the court considers relevant;
(e)any harm which he has suffered or is at risk of suffering;
(f)how capable each of his parents, and any other person in relation to whom the court considers the question to be relevant, is of meeting his needs;
"We suggest that childhood obesity becomes a child protection concern when parents behave in a way that actively promotes treatment failure in a child who is at serious risk from obesity and when the parents or carers understand what is required, and are helped to engage with the treatment programme."
"That might involve failing to keep appointments or get involved with healthcare staff or other professionals who want to help the child, or actively subverting weight management initiatives".