A strong message has been sent to a Cleveland mother who had her third grade son taken away because he weighed more than 200 pounds.
Officials reportedly say she didn’t do enough to help her 8-year-old son, who suffered from a weight-related health issue.
The unidentified mother told the Cleveland Plain Dealer,“They are trying to make it seem like I am unfit, like I don’t love my child.”
Officials first became aware of the boy’s weight when his mother took him to the hospital last year becase he was having breathing issues.
He was diagnosed with sleep apnea and social workers began to monitor him. He was enrolled in a program called “Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight.”
He first lost weight but then gained it back. Then the Department of Children and Family Services took custody of the boy, citing his weight gain was a form of medical neglect.
Next month a trial will determine whether his mother should regain custody.
Many people don’t agree with taking a child away for being obese. Others feel childhood obesity is a serious health hazard and parent need to be doing more.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) started an awareness campaign with a “tough love” approach to fight the childhood obesity epidemic. Television and outdoor advertisements seeking to raise public awareness of the childhood obesity crisis have been aired around metro Atlanta.
The campaign reveals startling statistics, such as:
· Nearly 40 percent of Georgia’s children are overweight or obese.
· More than half of parents do not see childhood obesity as a serious problem.
· 75 percent of parents with overweight or obese children do not see their children as overweight or obese.
· Nationally, childhood obesity has increased 300 percent in the last 30 years.
CHOA’s large-scale public awareness campaign is designed to break through to parents by sparking a conversation about the childhood obesity epidemic.
The awareness part of this campaign is only the first step, and its “tough love” approach is just the beginning of addressing this issue. CHOA will be introducing Strong4Life programs to the community later. These programs will empower families to adopt healthy habits and offer guidance in making small changes that can make a big difference
Visit www.choa.org for more information.