Allowing your child to become obese could be considered child abuse, according to guest experts on the Dr. Oz show. Children are not responsible for planning meals, grocery shopping, or preparing meals. These are the responsibilities of the parents. Thus, when children suffer from obesity their parents are to blame.
Dr. Oz sat down with some mothers of overweight children who are struggling with obesity and having difficult childhoods as a result of their condition. Unfortunately, the mothers refuse to take responsibility for their children’s weight problems, and insist that the children are equally to blame for their obesity due to their own choices to eat unhealthy foods.
Dr. Alan Greene, a guest on the Dr. Oz show, shared his insight on the seriousness of childhood obesity, and how it is viewed by the courts. Sometimes childhood obesity is looked upon as child abuse, and children have been taken away from their parents. This confirms the belief that parents are responsible for their children’s obesity. Parents are the ones bringing food into the homes. If they are providing their children with unhealthy, fattening foods, then they are ultimately the cause of the obesity. However, Dr. Greene disagrees with removing the children from the home. “The courts should try to find ways to help the family. Removing the children from their parents may lead to other problems such as stress and emotional issues.”
Dr. Oz shared success stories of children who were removed from home and placed in a boarding school for obese children. The school educates children about nutrition and addresses obesity issues. The outcome has been positive for many children. Dr. Oz believes that programs such as those at this school, Wellspring Academy, are effective, and that it may not be a bad idea to remove some children from their homes.
Parents should pay attention to warning signs that their children have a problem with weight. Look at what your children are eating. Are they increasingly gaining weight? Do they eat junk food around the clock? Childhood obesity will eventually lead to other medical problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. It could also contribute to low self-esteem.
In many cases, the parents of obese children are also suffering from obesity. There are fat families, and it is difficult for children to remain at a healthy weight if their parents are struggling with obesity. Dr. Oz shadowed an overweight family and notes that they purchased mostly junk foods and processed foods on their grocery shopping trip.
Dr. Oz further explained how the food industry markets unhealthy foods to children. However, parents are still responsible for the food they purchase and feed to their children. Give your children the gift of health by providing nutritious meals and healthy snacks.
For more information about childhood obesity visit the Dr. Oz show at doctoroz.com. To learn more about raising healthy children read “How to Raise Healthy Children.”