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Postby kate_turner2000 » Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:40 pm

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Postby yummymummy » Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:00 pm

Oh WOW, I dont think going into care is the answer, the effects on a child being a ward of the state is so huge, a study has shown that kids going from neglectful home lifes into foster care arnt neccessary better off because they are affected pretty severely emotionally, but saying that the parents need lots of help to change their lifestyles
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Postby Lolly » Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:29 pm

That article just made me so sad for that little (young) boy.

What sort of life will he have if they don't do something drastic for him now?

Actually, it borders on child abuse and neglect really. The parents should be taught to say a firm NO to him and clean up their own act a fair bit.
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Postby Justjudy » Tue Feb 27, 2007 3:41 pm

Lolly it doesn't just border on child abuse, it is child abuse. The parents are killing the child, as surely as if they were breaking his bones.

The quote from the child at the bottom made me especially sad. For a child of that age to have to go through the social problems as well as the physical/emotional problems associated with being obese is just heartbreaking.

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Postby Jisgone » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:02 pm

i saw this on the news, they said if they dont give him the junk he wants he gets angry
welcome to bloody parent hood!! u cant keep them happy all the time, hes 8 so everything that goes into his mouth is provided by them
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Postby Ally » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:15 pm

Is anyone else to blame if this child does get taken into the welfare system??? If the parents have repeatedly missed appointments with dieticians and the like, what more can be done.....this child is 8 for crying out loud....say NO!!! Sorry if that sounds callous, but blimey if they don't do something for this kid soon, he will die and how much more tragic is that??
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Postby zeedeveelgirl » Tue Feb 27, 2007 4:47 pm

Oh my lord :-o that's just terrible!!!
I don't quite know what else to say!!!
Jeez, his mother couldn't get him to his dietician appointments but she managed to 'squeeze in' having him filmed for ITV?!
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Postby Chelle » Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:03 pm

That is so sad. The poor boy I don't think taking him into care is the answer, I think they the parents should be responsible for the up bring of that child, Yes it is a disease but the parents should of reached out for help a long time ago & done somthing about it before they end up killing him.
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Postby Ally » Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:41 pm

that is what i mean about taking him into care.....it sounds like they have tried to get these people to do something for this boy and they are not interested.....don't get me wrong, I would hate to see him in care, but what choice do they have if the parents are continually ignoring advice!!!!!!!
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Postby ZelmaWA » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:28 am

I have seen children this size throughout my teaching career and believe me, school life isn't always that much fun for them. Kids can be awfully mean at times.

I am not a parent, so I can't really say how easy or hard it can be to say "no" to a child, but I just can't see how THAT could be harder than knowing that you are putting your child's LIFE at risk by saying "yes".

I also believe that if the ONLY foods that the child has access to at home are healthy foods, then they will soon learn to eat healthy foods. And they may actually surprise themselves (as I surprised myself) and find that they actually LIKE healthy foods. The parents can offer a wide range of foods. They don't have to just have carrot sticks and celery in the house. If they offer enough choices of HEALTHY food, the child will be able to find the ones he prefers.

I saw this on TV last night and they showed the boy on a trampoline. Well, that is great exercise, but I wonder just how much of that he does and how much sitting in front of the TV or computer he does. I have a feeling that the trampoline was just for 'show' to let people know that the parents were getting him to do some form of physical activity.

The whole situation is very sad, but I see it over and over again and we try everything we can at school, and get all sorts of 'promises' from the parents, but then nothing actually happens.

I'm not sure what the solution is, but it just makes me want to cry.

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Postby Dee » Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:08 pm

This comes back to a lot of the stuff we've been talking about lately with School Lunches, etc. Ultimately by not making these good decisions for our kids, we are condemning them to a life of misery and disease. They deserve better!

How many children have to grow up angry at their parents for teaching them bad habits - this kid is not going to thank his parents for always saying yes - quite apart from the health risks, he is not learning that life isn't always fair.

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Postby yummymummy » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:39 pm

I was just reading in a nursing journal that I get that, that the powers that be have decided that the child will remain at home but arrangements have been made to safeguard the childs welfare-specialist obesity nurses (I didnt know there where such things)ans social workers are involved and apparently he has lost 8 kgs sinse the begining of the year
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Postby Ally » Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:44 pm

Hopefully the mum will keep the appointments this time....thanks for the heads up Jody!
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Postby Justjudy » Wed Mar 14, 2007 3:19 pm

Thanks for letting us know Jody. It is really sad when it gets to the point that the authorities have to step in so that the child can end up having some quality of life.

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