According to the story, the child had "failed at 2 diets" and had severe sleep apnea, bone problems and was developing cardiac problems so this was done to "save his life". This kid weighed 80#s at age 2!
If one takes the story at face value and believes that the parents really followed the diets and did everything they could to keep this child from gaining weight then I'm not sure they had any other choice than surgery. Maybe he has some unknown metabolic process affecting his weight gain.
Now, if you are as skeptical as I am, you would assume that the parents are overweight and don't eat a healthy diet and therefore did not follow the diet for their child. nd that metabolically the child is normal.
So what other choices were there?
Educate the parents on nutrition, food preparation, shopping and exercise as a family lifestyle. We have had some successes in our community with a hospital based health and nutrition program that includes sessions with a dietician, a nurse practitioner, physical therapist and psychologist. But it takes parents who are willing to participate and change.
Put the child in the hospital on a strictly monitored diet and exercise program. If he loses weight, then we know the cause is nutrition and that the parents didn't follow the prescribed diet.
We have put kids in the hospital for diet monitoring, but it's usually in failure to thrive cases where the kid is severely underweight and there is a concern about abuse. It could be done for this kid but what do you do if you determine it's the parents?
Put the child in foster care where he has someone other then his parents feeding him and see if he loses weight. Again if he loses, mom and dad are the problem. This has been done here in the US with a great deal of publicity running the gamut from how could we remove the kid to why wasn't it done sooner. Do you charge the parents with abuse?
CPAP, medications and monitoring until the kid dies likely before his 21st birthday.
I hope that all options were exhausted before this child had surgery. And that education of the parents and monitoring are ongoing!
| Pounds lost: 100.2