Friday, July 6, 2007

Childhood obesity: Neglect or problem?

Most agree that the Scottish doctor who equated childhood obesity with parental neglect went too far, however few dispute that childhood obesity is something very serious that we have to take into consideration in our society.

Matt Capehorn recently asked his professional association to declare extreme cases of overfeeding young children abuse. His statements stoked controversy on the topic across the U.K., where the BBC reported that child-protection authorities had investigated 20 such cases.

One involved Connor MacCreaddie, an eight-year-old who weighs 218 pounds. In February, his mother was allowed to retain custody of the boy, under an agreement that she would "safeguard and promote the child's welfare."

For more information on the childhood obesity neglect debate.......