555-Pound Boy: Is His Mom Guilty of a Crime?
obesity child abuse?
Childhood obesity is a hallmark of the United States of America. We have the fattest kids in the world – but who is to blame?
Some say the parents, some say genetics, but in the case of a 555-pound boy, Alexander Draper, in South Carolina, it doesn’t matter who’s right. The law is getting involved.
Fat acceptance groups (yes, there are lots of them) and child health organizations are spouting off a lot of rhetoric today, because Jerri Gray, the mother of the 555-pound boy, was arrested for child neglect. The state says that her son is too fat and that she’s at fault.
What do you think? When does a fat kid become “too fat?” Does the mere existence of a 555-pound boy prove child neglect?