This case has renewed a debate on whether parents should lose custody if a child is severely obese. There are about two-million children in the U.S. who are considered extremely obese: weighing significantly more than that is considered healthy.
The eight-year-old boy who was taken into custody because case workers say his mother's inability to get his weight down is a form of medical neglect -- and his high weight puts him at risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure.
The boy and his parents have not been identified because the case could involve abuse. A public defender says the boy's custody removal will be challenged based on the contention the boy is not in imminent danger. -----
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