From Scott, Child's Age 17 - 03/21/02 - IP#:  Click here to reply  
I am 17 years old, and I weigh 375lbs. I am happy with who I am, and I think that adults should accept that sometimes people are happy however they are. I don't think it's the parent's decision that their children need to lose weight.
Reply from Matt, Child's Age 4 - 01/27/03  - IP#:
I disagree. If you want to ruin your health when you're an adult it's up to you, but a *child* - that child is dependent on his or her parents for what they eat and their health. It's every parent's duty to make sure they are helping their child to a healthy life. Nobody wants their kid to die of obesity. You're happy at 375 but you're at risk from many life-threatening conditions - your parents should intervene. That's what you do for someone you love.
Reply from Nicole, Child's Age 14 - 12/16/02  - IP#:
I so agree with myself 5'3'' and 181lbs...People say bad **** about me sometimes but he only thing i can say is i guess this is how i was supposed to be but i am not really big and i just classify myself as "chubby" bcz i zm in the middle....I wear a size 16-18 in girls and in guys a 35-36...We are just all the way we stopping it!...Thanks, - Nicole
Reply from Hayes, Child's Age 17 - 10/23/02  - IP#:
Amen to that, once the child hits the teen-age years, it's up to them how they maintain their weight
Reply from Scott, Child's Age 17 - 04/07/02  - IP#:
What I mean is that it comes a time when people are responsible for themselves. Sure, if a 5 or 6 year old was overweight, it can often be a parents responsibility to control their weight, but when people are 14 and over, don't you think that it is their decision what they do about themselves?
Reply from Sue, Child's Age 13 - 03/22/02  - IP#:
Of course it is the parent's decision to decide that their child should lose weight because as responsible parents we want them to have the best possible chance to lead long and healthy lives and being obese could significantly shorten their lives. Being plump in my book is fine, however obesity is not and that is when a parent should intervene. We would be pretty lousy parents to let our children carry on with an eating regime that would lead to health problems for them. Maybe when you are a parent one day you will understand. If the weight you have given is correct then you are setting yourself up for a lot of health problems. Your choice you say. Well if I was your mum I am sure I would want you to live a long and healthy life which probably isn't going to happen if you become obese. If you have been reading the parent's section of the bulletin board then you will see many very real concerns regarding health and nothing to do with body image or wanting their children to be skinny. It is all about healthy eating and exercise and not forcing our children to be skinny.