child eating hamburgerAs the childhood obesity rates soar in this country, one case of a 9-year-old boy leaves many questioning how big of a role parents play in their children's health and whether the law should be allowed to intervene in some instances.
ABC News reports about the Ohio boy that was taken from his mother and placed into foster care after officials decided the mother was not doing enough to control her son's weight. Usually when children are placed in foster care it is due to issues of abuse or neglect and many argue that by allowing an overweight child to eat large amounts of fatty food every day is a form of medical neglect.
During the few months that the 9-year-old spent in foster care with an uncle he reportedly lost more than 50 pounds going from 218 pounds down to 166. He is now back in the care of his mother and is said to be doing well exercising and sticking to a healthy diet.
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