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Obese kids: a form of child abuse?

POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 8:41am

UPDATED: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 1:05pm

Obese Ohio child taken by state to try and curb his weight

An 8-year-old Ohio boy taken from family: weighs 200 lbs. Should weigh 60. Authorities say they've tried other ways of getting kid's weight down. This was a last resort.

Should the government be allowed to intervene for welfare of obese kids? East Texans offer their thoughts to our news partner: KTBB and host Garth Maier.

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I don't think the government should intervene in the personal lives of citizens. If anyone, young and old alike, is at risk from the ill behavior of another person, perhaps the local law enforcement should step in. Government has a difficult time in doing anything right. I do not want them telling me how to live my life anymore than they already do.

A great deal is at stake when a parent allows their child to become obese, or morbidly obese. Here are but a few:
High Blood pressure, hypertension - One-third of all cases of high blood pressure are associated with obesity High blood pressure is twice as common in adults who are obese than in those who are at a healthy weight.

High blood cholesterol - 50% more likely to have elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Diabetes Type 2 - non-insulin dependent accounts for nearly 90% of all cases of dia

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