Is Childhood Obesity a Crime? State of South Carolina thinks so

Is Childhood Obesity a Crime? State of South Carolina thinks so
  • Obese children and adolescents have shown an alarming increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes.
  • Many obese children have high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, which are risk factors for heart disease.
  • One of the most severe problems for obese children is sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while sleeping). In some cases this can lead to problems with learning and memory.
  • Obese children have a high incidence of orthopedic problems, liver disease, and asthma.
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.


10 Responses to “Is Childhood Obesity a Crime? State of South Carolina thinks so”
  1. Laura S says:

    Hell yes her arrest was justified. Her son will have to suffer from health complications for the rest of his life, and it’s not as if there is a lack of awareness that obesity is unhealthy.

  2. Gail LePine says:

    The question that I have is was the child on a lot of antibiotics which would cause an imbalane of gut bacteria and possibly be responsible for his gross obesity.

  3. The Lawyer and herself should seek the higher courts if their case is not won. The case looks as though they segragated her because of biased facts and those should be looked at and changed. The facilities should be accessable for handicapped already, shouldn’t they? Then they should be able to handle his weight already.

  4. tamara phillips says:

    i think that the mother should not be committed with a crime because of her sons weight gain i mean like she said she had to work and it was a responsibility. the child had to eat and she did what she could.

  5. Lynn says:

    I think its a damnn good thing that they arrested her!I have twins & Im a full time college student but I keep on track of what & how much my kids are eating. A 555lb 14 year old is pure stupidity & the parents should be blamed!

  6. natalia says:

    i think the arrest is stupid i think there should be more looking into the school. They should have informed her about whats going on maybe give her a warning. Shes a single mother its difficult instead of punishing her and taking away her son which i can only imagine what shes going thru they should be taking the kids away from parents raising there kids in meth labs those are situations where kids are getting harmed not when it comes to eating disorders theres no reason for the authorities to get involved the kids live a worse life in the american foster care system then in his mothers care. Before they start looking for more reasons to apprehend they should make the foster care system more safe!

  7. Kassy says:

    I think it’s 50/50. The mother had to support her child and she was going through a rough time with minimal income and whatnot. I think that she could have found some sort of way to provide a healthier meal for him and to sign him up for a weight loss camp or something. But, the state has no right to convict her of neglect. I find that stupid, if you were to arrest every single mother and father of an overweight/obese and underweight child, there wouldn’t be many people out on the streets. It’s called life, he is 14!!! He is old enough to know the consequences for overeating and being physically inactive.Although his eating habits contribute to his weight, so does his family medical history and genetics. The school would be to blame as well. Who would allow a 14 year old buy multiple lunches at school? Should the parents be blamed for sending their child to get an education at school, not knowing that there are vending machines selling an unlimited supply of candy, chips, and ice cream bars? The parents, community, and health care provider should all get off their asses and help instead of pointing fingers. And that goes for everyone, I don’t give a damn how healthy you raise your children, you still have no right to point fingers. Everyone is human, we make mistakes and learn from them eventually. Just because you did a better job at maintaining a good health for you kid does not make you someone of a higher class.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    The mother was a single parent, had full-on work every day, she was paid with a minimum income, she tried her best to take care of her son, he didn’t eat sweets, the mother ained a scholarship, which she took her son with her straight away to accept, and her son never got into any trouble at school or with the police. This sounds like a very hardworking mum, and a son who was raised to be a good person, too, regardless of the situation in which they live. From this information (there is NO negative information on the mother), I don’t believe her imprisonment was fair.

    The son reportedly ate several lunches at school, and had snacks from friends, too. Also, there wasn’t much food at home to eat, due to the low income. Should the school be blamed? No. The school staff have no right to tell the students or parents of students how to eat, though they may advise them when appropriate, such as in health class, etc…. This may be the reason they did not stop the son’s eating.

    The friends of the boy seem to have accepted him, despite his weight, from what we hear about them, though their giving of food to him may have been “funny” to them, and they’re not his friends at all. Either way, nothing is said about them that could contribute to the boy’s weight.

    Recently, there has been an alert all over the world about healthy eating and exercise. I think that the mother should know about this, and it seems that she does, so she should take the time to be sure that she and her son get the right nutrition at mealtimes. Unfortunately, she’s always strapped for time, so this is a problem.

    The mother’s workplace is not to blame, either. The woman works full-time, all the time, to supports her and her son, and, though she is having trouble, it is not their responsibility to look after her son. Also, paying her more could result in other workers wanting more, eventually ruining the business.

    A possible factor in the son’s weight could be attributed to the fact that the mother is a little larger than some other women, which may have contributed as a genetic issue to the son’s weight. However, due the fact that they are both living in the same circumstances, this may just be because of her diet, and it may have no genetic ties. Medical substances, as said by someone else, here, can have an effect on how the body functions and maintains it’s natural order.

    The programme which turned the son down is on the borderline. Not much is said about what they could have been willing to do in order to allow the son into the area. It is said that they do not have the facilities for the boy, though it does not say anything about the financial state of those running the programme, other that the fact that they were able to let out a $30,000 scholarship. A possibility is that they do not have the money, or want to spend the money on the son. Unfortunately, again, not much is said, though it is said that the mother would grasp at anything they were given. Again, it is not these peoples’ responsibility to take care of the son.

    I think that the way the courts handled this was inappropriate. As far as this video tells us, there has been no medical assistance or government income assistance, where it s very clear it was needed. I think that the mother should have had help, instead of just being locked away. Now the son is in care of a foster family, where he is probably getting full medical support. The foster family, as far as I am concerned, is doing exactly what the mother wanted to do for her son. I think the mother should have been offered help, taking into account her situation. If that had happened, the mother would be out of jail, and the son would be just as healthy as he is with the foster family, only he’d probably be happier.

    Overall, I don’t think it is fair to judge the mother as a neglectful person, regardless of what anyone thinks of her or her son. It is clear that no criminal actions were intended, and that all they were trying to do is get by. I think that the mother should be let out of prison, have all charges dropped, and have the son returned to her. However, I think the courts should reconsider their methods of judgement. Many factors were apparently not taken into account at all. Also, something should be done in order to pay for the year and a half that the mother has spent in prison.

    I know that this is long, but everyone seems to have very emotion-based opinions. I stated all of the people who could be to blame, and I found that the jury and the court are the most likely to be convicted (ironically), but for unfair judgement. No one is to blame for the son’s health, though there should have been health support.

    I, myself am about the son’s age. I’m fifteen now, and I can’t see why my parents should go to jail if I had an eating disorder, or something similar. They do their best with a very low income, just like his mother does. We’re lucky enough to have plenty of knowledge, time and space to grow a full garden in our backyard. It’s why my brothers, sisters, and I are so healthy. Seeing as the mother and son do not have these luxuries, health support is crucial. Also, my mother is at home (looking after the house), while my father works. Dad comes home, cooks tea, eats dinner with us, then goes to bed. He hasn’t time for anything else. I can understand how the mother lives. My personal experiences were not taken into account while assessing the situation at hand, but looking at it now adds some perspective.

  9. Sidney says:

    I was an obese child and my mom tried everything in the world to help me slim down. Actually her efforts and all the diets and restrictions scarred me more than was healthy. I ended up having to have gastric bypass surgery to ever be successful at losing weight. I never overate a lot, but did have a bigger than average appetite. So I have mixed feelings about this.

    I think it should be taken on a case by case basis. If a parent feeds their child way too much and all the wrong things, yes, that’s abusive. But unfortunately stupid people are allowed to reproduce and some parents don’t have any clue about good nutrition.


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