Yesterday, in Fit Girls: Weight = Moral Failure, we talked about how having a moderately overweight child isn’t necessarily a moral failure, but a side effect of prosperity.
And then there was the Oprah Show with those severely obese teenagers.
Sometimes its a form of neglect. Those parents are guilty of of neglect.
These are parents who were given the “red zone” warning at doctors, in schools, for years and then stopped on the way home at Sonic for the Giantest Grease Meal and the 44 Oz Dr. Pepper with a side of fried cheese sticks.
I don’t even know what to say about a high school kid that’s over 300 pounds. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But, those parents sounded like they were physically and emotionally neglectful of those children.
While walking Ainsley 3 times around a mile long track recently, I saw another family with another daughter. That little girl was probably 100 pounds and only around 5 years old. She was crying and throwing a fit every step of the way. I was so proud of those parents I almost walked up to them and gave them a high five but I didn’t know how it would be received. It was a quintessential moment of “you’ll thank me later.”
Everyone DVR Why Our Kids Are So Fat with Dr. Oz on Oprah today.
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