Can the U.K. Mandate a Child to Lose Weight?
Lose Weight or Else!
A motivation to lose weight has recently made headlines in the U.K. There is no doubt about it that the story of Connor McCreaddie is a very sad story. He is in the third grade and weighs close to 200 pounds. Not too many elementary-school students weigh that much, but according to Connor McCreaddie’s mom she has been trying to help her on lose weight. But should social services take him away if she can’t succeed? That’s what they’re threatening…
Eliminate the Environment, Eliminate the Problem?
I don’t know about you, but I’m sure you’ve seen many harried parents stopping at McDonald’s or other fast food establishments on what seems like a regular basis. There are many kids in who eat a diet consisting of fast food, fried foods, and other unhealthy choices. Whether Connor’s weight problem is from diet or not, is taking him out of his home really the solution.
I just don’t see how removing Connor from his home is going to remedy the problem. It would most likely be very traumatizing for him to be uprooted from the only home he has know in his entire life and be sent to live in a foreign, unfamiliar environment. There is no guarantee that he will lose weight if he is not living at home with his mom.
I have seen no news coverage about whether Connor has a metabolic problem that has contributed to his weight gain. And if his weight problem is solely related to lifestyle and environmental factors, an inpatient treatment facility that can house both Connor and his mom would be a great solution. They can learn about proper dieting, how to make better food selections, and how to incorporate exercise into their daily lives.
It May Not Be a Lifestyle Issue
I suspect that if diet and lifestyle were the only culprits contributing to Connor’s weight issues, then there would be a lot more morbidly obese children in the world, particularly in the U.S. I highly doubt that Connor’s mother is the only living adult that is uninformed or unknowledgeable about healthy eating options.
There might be an underlying medical condition at play here and how is that going to be overcome by taking Connor out of his home?
I’m all for helping others lose weight, but when we start threatening to take children away from their parents for the sake of a slim figure it’s time to put the brakes on and admit things have gotten out of hand.