I heard an interesting piece on The Today Show. No, I am not talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to film. Snore. Normally I watch The Today Show just to get myself all worked up and annoyed at the plebeian "Everybody Loves Raymond" jokes and jabs, but every now and then I get rewarded with an interesting tidbit. Today it was a question posed to a panel, consisting of Star Jones - BARF. Star Jones is the wuuuuurrrrssst.
The question posed was - Should obese children be taken out of the home and put into protective care/foster care?
In other words, is it a form of child abuse to over feed your kid?
My first response was - hells yeah it is a form of abuse. Maybe not in the aggressive or intentional form we usually think of when we think of child abuse, but it is putting the kid in danger.
But then I stopped to think. Stopping to think is a trick HM taught me. Yeah its crazy. Instead of spouting out the first thing that comes to mind, I take a moment to think about the issue and form a more thoughtful response. So that is what I did. Here is what I came up with. Yes it is dangerous for a child to be obese, but foster care is not a BETTER solution. It also does not address the problem. Who is to say the foster family is going to eat any healthier that the child's family. You are changing the environment maybe, but is the child more informed on the topic of nutrition? Do they now have access to better foods? Are they exercising more?
Here are some numbers, by state, of obese children:
It is a slippery slope. Obesity is definitely an issue, even among children. What is the answer? What do you think Sweets?