Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sounds Like Someone Needs To Get Off Of The Couch

It's always sad to hear stories about neglected children, so this obviously brought a tear to my eye.

A fourteen year old boy's Mother has been charged with Medical Neglect in South Carolina. Not because she left him in a stifling hot car while she went grocery shopping in July. Not because she locked him in the basement for months at a time. Not because she dressed him in his sisters clothes and forced him to play with Barbie Dolls. But because the fourteen year old boy weighs 555 pounds.

I know what your thinking. 'Did he hit the 5 key one too many times?' No, you read correctly, Five Hundred Fifty pounds. I did the math (with some help from my wife) and our entire family (five people) only add up to about 360 pounds. Thats right, he out weighs our whole family by nearly two hundred pounds.

Her story is that he has gained all of this weight at school. Evidently all of his friends have been donating their lunches to the Lets See How Much Tubbo Can Eat Before He Explodes Foundation, a noble cause indeed. I'm pretty sure that unless something has changed drastically in the past 20 years, school lunches really aren't so good that you'd want to eat a dozen or more of them everyday. Maybe South Carolina Public Schools are the exception to the rule, and if so shame on them for offering those kids such irresistible goodies.

But seriously, is this woman at fault for her child growing to such gargantuan proportions so early in life? Is our society? Is McDonald's? I'm a big believer in Personal Responsibility, but at what point is a child's health not the responsibility of the parent? And lets face it, 555 lbs is a serious health risk.


wesley's mom (sue) said...

I'm sure it's hard to tell your kid he can't eat, and I think because society is so hung up on weight issues parents have gotten scared they will wreck their kids self-esteem (which in my opinion is a WHOLE nuther story).

He gained it all at school? Like one day he was a normal weight then he went to school and ate 6 lunches and came home like that? Probably not.

As a parent you can like it or not, but it is your responsiblity to make sure your kids are healthy. If this were the opposite and the child was starving because they wouldn't eat, the parents would be expected to seek some kind of help. It should be the same in this situation. 555 pounds is not a case of having a large frame, it's FAT. That's all. And if your 14 year old is THAT fat, you should be held acccountable.

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