Friday, 13 July 2007

Girl taken from parents because she was too fat

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Childhood obesity is becoming an increasingly serious problem in the UK, and the government is trying everything they can to fight against it. While, in some cases, their new policies appear to be effective, a recent decision has caused considerable controversy.

An 8-year-old girl, who is 5ft tall, and already a size 16 UK (size 14 US -- 6 sizes larger than the average for girls her age), has been deemed so unfit that the government decided to take her into state custody.

The girl's parents are obviously distraught. While acknowledging that their daughter is "chubby," they also claim she's "always out playing," and that she "doesn't overeat."

While this doesn't happen often, it's becoming more common for the state to take obese children into care.

This raises interesting questions about our perception of obesity. Who's at fault? How obese is too obese? Does this mean it's the same as child abuse or neglect?

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