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    Default Lose Weight or Lose Your Children?

    Lose weight or we'll take all six of your children away: Outrage over social workers' 'draconian' ultimatum to parents

    Last updated at 16:22pm on 24.03.08

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    serendipitiy... I just posted on another thread re: Christian bias... that PCness says its okay to be actively prejudiced against Christians and smokers.. and the obese would be next. Thanks for the link... proves I'm not just paranoid. Its here and only going to get worse.

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    Well maybe they are in denial if they say they don't misfeed their kids. The 12 year old is 224lb. Hmm. For those not of a British persuasion.. 14lb = 1 stone.

    There's a certain logic... you'd take a child away from a parent who was starving it to death. Overfeeding? Hmm...

    Edit : they've been given 3 months to make an improvement, and send their kids to fitness classes and things. I wonder if the "threat" is because they've denied there is a problem or anything to do...

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    Just you wait, the UK's obesity rates will be worse than the U.S.'s soon enough. Same with Canada.
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    We're in an age when everyone knows what's best for everyone else. Hey, if they want to pay for raising other people's kids and the later pyschologists expenses treating them as a result of being ripped away from their RIGHTFUL parents for the reasons they were... go for it! You're right... they should do as you say... just pay the consequences.

    I'm American but watch Brit TV and there's a half hour show (can't recall the name but it comes on right after the two gals who clean the horrid houses)... this little twirpy gal teaches fatties how to eat and live right... pretty predictable where this is headed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanan View Post
    We're in an age when everyone knows what's best for everyone else. Hey, if they want to pay for raising other people's kids and the later pyschologists expenses treating them as a result of being ripped away from their RIGHTFUL parents for the reasons they were... go for it! You're right... they should do as you say... just pay the consequences.
    I didn't say the kids should be taken away - I just wondered whether they were threatened with it because they refused to take action to improve their kids weight. 224lb for a 12 year old doesn't sound like good parenting. Not when the same pattern fits all of the children!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    I didn't say the kids should be taken away - I just wondered whether they were threatened with it because they refused to take action to improve their kids weight. 224lb for a 12 year old doesn't sound like good parenting. Not when the same pattern fits all of the children!
    I get your point. I'm just sick of everyone thinking someone else's kids belong to them. Just about anything can be "justified" by controlling, know-it-all, people. When the government is used to control people's private lives its disgusting to me. Hypothetical: Self-righteous, do-gooder, Mom's gain political power and work for government intervention controlling the dress parents allow for female offspring... justification... puts them in danger of being raped. A stretch? No, women have to stay totally covered in some middle eastern countries. Government, elsewhere, has become religion-like with its imposing of "morality."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanan View Post
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    I'm American but watch Brit TV and there's a half hour show (can't recall the name but it comes on right after the two gals who clean the horrid houses)... this little twirpy gal teaches fatties how to eat and live right... pretty predictable where this is headed.
    Depressing, isn't it, what the herd want to watch in both our countries. I'm depressed that we make it, and depressed that you buy it!

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    Sounds crazy even if loosing weight is healthy if obese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suzyk View Post
    Just you wait, the UK's obesity rates will be worse than the U.S.'s soon enough. Same with Canada.
    I can't speak for the UK but I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen anytime soon here. Obesity may be a problem here as well but not nearly to the same extent, as far as I'm aware.

    Oh and, if she's putting the kids' health in jeopardy, then and only then I think it's justified to make such a demand.

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