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Though Connor McCreaddie is only an eight-year-old boy, his sheer size has turned him into a demolition man. At 14 stone, and with a boyâ€™s abandon, he has broken four beds, six lavatory seats and five bicycles. And heâ€™s still got a lot of growing to do.
His obesity and lack of fitness mean he has difficulty walking. Sometimes he cannot even manage the seven-minute stroll to school, leading to a poor attendance record and missed education.
The health risks faced by obese children are undeniable. According to the report on childhood obesity by the health select committee, obesity will soon surpass smoking as the greatest cause of premature loss of life. Obese children run a high risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure and arthritis. The committee of MPs estimated that the cost of treating overweight and obese patients is at least Â£7 billion a year.
Dr Alyson Hall, consultant child psychiatrist at the Emanuel Miller Centre for Families and Children in east London, says that, in extreme cases, obese children need to be taken into foster care to ensure their safety.
I find myself siding with those that believe this child should be taken into care. This is not just a little puppy fat and not caused by feeding him a few extra packets of crisps as some critics may have you believe. For a child with no genetic conditions or diseases the only way they can reach a weight such as this is through constant and long term overfeeding.
I believe this does constitute abuse. Through this neglectful feeding she is ruining his future prospects at anything nearing a normal eating pattern later in life and doing horrendous things to his long term health â€“ He will be lucky to make it to his thirties at this rate let alone live anything like a normal lifespan.
However the slippery slope argument is always present especially in cases such as this. At what point should care workers stop trying to change the parents and the child through meetings and the like and intervene. Where do we draw the line between simply poor parenting and neglectful parenting in cases such as? What weight band is acceptable and which falls under dangerously overweight?