That extra weight puts people at risk for diabetes, hypertension and other weight-related disorders, doctors say.
The state’s Department of Children and Family Services insisted that the third grader was being neglected, and that his mother was not following doctors’ orders to control his weight.
The family’s lawyer disagreed, claiming that the state massively overstepped its role in taking the boy, and that his health risk factors do not pose an imminent threat to his well being.
Apart from the moral quandary of seizing custody of a child over eating habits, the sheer volume of obese children also bears consideration: Over 12 percent of children in Ohio are obese, the paper noted.
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