Chubby Kid? Dec02

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Raquel Benson

is a Senior Contributor to TDA, a journalism student, humanist, and artist with issues of chronic imagination. She may be brash, but it stems from a deeper concern for the world around her.


Chubby Kid?

Social Issues – It can be argued that the United States houses some of the most hefty portions of grease-saturated fast foods imaginable. Well, the home of the McRib (whose animal of origin remains an enigma) is also proud to also impose the service of taking custody of your child if he/she becomes obese from eating too much of that one vegetable the government deemed worthy of nutritional recognition—pizza.

A month ago in Cuyahoga County, Ohio case workers jumped to an ultimate conclusion before snatching up the 200lb son of a mother who just wasn’t doing enough to get the kid in shape. Assuming it couldn’t possibly be other factors, the workers acted as if the mother had been funnel-feeding her son chicken nuggets while laughing and blaming it all on hypercaptialism. Dismissing the idea that maybe the boy could have been getting junk foods from his friends or he could be suffering from hypothyroidism, an elementary school teacher accused the mother of “medical neglect.”

The child has been placed in a foster home while his mother gets to see him two hours per week. The mother said, “Of course I love him. Of course I want him to lose weight. It’s a lifestyle change, and they are trying to make it seem like I am not embracing that. It is very hard, but I am trying.”

But lawyers for the mother have been told that now the foster mother of the child is having trouble keeping up with his appointments. Discussions surfaced about moving the kid again to a foster home with a personal trainer. –After all, there’s no motivation like the lack of stability. That should do it.

Read more at Gawker, Cleveland Blog, and USA Today.