Monday, January 29, 2007

‘Fat police’ put children on abuse list

Okay,I'm trying to get to bed, my baby is almost done nursing, my dogs have been out, kids are asleep and the damned U.K. keeps taking crazy pills.

Seriously, I was just going to scan the headlines once more, my head still reeling from the X-ray camera stuff, and I see this.

Just make my last comments a double order and super size them.


SOCIAL workers are placing obese children on the child protection register alongside victims thought to be at risk of sexual or physical abuse.

In extreme cases children have been placed in foster care because their parents have contributed to the health problems of their offspring by failing to respond to medical advice.

The intervention of social services in what was previously regarded as a private matter is likely to raise concerns about the emergence of the “fat police”.

Some doctors even advocate taking legal action against parents for illtreating their children by feeding them so much that they develop health problems.

Dr Russell Viner, a consultant paediatrician at Great Ormond Street and University College London hospitals, said: “In my practice, I can think of about 10 or 15 cases in which child protection action has been taken because of obesity. We now constantly get letters from social workers about child protection due to childhood obesity.” More here

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