LONDON (AP) -- Authorities are considering taking an 8-year-old boy who weighs 218 pounds into protective custody unless his mother improves his diet, officials said Monday.
Normally, I advocate less government intervention, this is especially true in areas of how we raise our children. I also would say that government cannot do a better job of raising children, in most cases. But with this article, it goes to show that even with the inefficiency, and downright incompetency of many things that involve this enigma we call government, there are some instances whereby this inept institution would be a better lot in life, than what they currently own.
Here's why I say so (which is found right in the article):
"Child abuse is not just about hitting your children or sexually abusing them, it is also about neglect,"......
Often when this kind of thing comes up, the debate turns to whether neglect is the same as, or different than, abuse. Neglect is harder to prove than abuse, sometimes. But in this case it is apparent, there is visible evidence that the child's best interests are not currently being served. There is evidence that the mother does not show up for appointments with professionals that can help him.
Keep in mind, while this is taking place in Britain, this kind of thing is happening right here in the U.S., too.
I don't know what television show it was, I was just catching it in passing, mind you. But just a short time ago, I watched some young girl (from somewhere in America) roll herself around on the floor just to get from Point A to Point B, because she was too damned fat to walk. The parent(s) in that case must have been missing a properly functional and operational brain unit, as well.
Now, I highly doubt there is a malicious motive in every case. Sometimes it's guilt, other times it's just a case of not wanting to say no or not wanting to hear the protests. I know how it is, I have raised kids. It's easier to give in sometimes, when one wants peace and quiet. But down the road, it creates something that can and does get out of control, one way or another. But in this case (like may others), it's simply a case where the kid rules the roost.
With all of this in mind, I cannot see where there is any further point in allowing this kid to stay with the mother that allows her kid to kill himself slowly. Can you?