Does the Cleveland Department of Children and Family Services have too much time on their hands? Too many resources? Do they not read? Do they not understand people come in different sizes? WTF is wrong with these people?
Once again a fat child has been removed from his home because he is fat. They are claiming it is a form of medical neglect.
Since Yahoo news posts tend to disappear quickly, here is a link to the story that should be around longer:
I guess nobody told them (or the court that allowed this to happen) that no one, including doctors, has been able to find a reliable method of attaining significant weight loss over an extended period of time for most fat people. If the Cleveland Department of Children and Family Services does know how to achieve this, they should share the secret because they could make a butt load of money.
The 8-year-old boy suffers from sleep apnea. Thin and fat people suffer from sleep apnea. But, again, even if the condition is weight-related, there is no “cure”.
The boy has been taking part in a program called “Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight” at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He lost some weight, and recently the weight started to come back. Surprise, surprise. Apparently, this triggered the boy being put into foster care. Can’t blame the program. Can’t blame the good folks at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Better to take a child from his home and put him into foster care.
The overwhelming majority of the comments on Yahoo to this news story has been that this is the wrong thing to do. Some of the people are size accepting, some are not, but they pretty much all agree that the government has no business removing fat children from a loving home.
I would say the comments show a step in the right direction in general societal views on this issue, except there is still an 8-year-old boy who has been taken from his home and a mother who is going through pure hell simply because she has a fat child.