In a recent article in Time magazine asks the question: If morbidly obese children taken from their parents? The answer to that question is yes, but only after the parents have a decent education. The parents should also be given sufficient time to implement the new found knowledge. Losing weight is hard and change behavior is time-consuming.
That being said, morbidly obese children have quietly been removed from unhealthy homes of their parents. This has happened in
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
- New York, and
- and Canada
They are just cases we are aware of.
Whose Fault is it?
Many people think that is unfair to put the blame on childhood obesity solely on the shoulders of parents. They are other contributing factors such as:
- Children eat food behind parents
- Lack of neighborhood parks
- cuts to schools’ physical education programs
- Low cost of unhealthy foods
- cuts in school nutrition programs
All listed factors play a role in the development of childhood obesity, but the responsibility still lies with parents . If children were addicted to cocaine, we blame the parents. So, why not teach them when they are addicted to fast foods. If parents can not control the weight of the child, the child should be removed and put in the care of someone who can.
Another recent USA Today article discusses how parents can instill a love of healthy foods in their children. If parents can instill a love of healthy foods and healthy life for their children early, their children will not become obese. If their children do not become obese, they will not have to worry about them taking off
parents can instill a love of healthy foods with :.
- Feeding them healthy food when they are still in the womb.
- Prepare homemade pureed baby food.
- Between 6 to 13 months, giving the children at least 10 tastings of healthy food before giving up.
- Get children involved in growing and preparing vegetables and healthy food.
- Feed the vegetables and other healthy foods every day.