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When Should the State Step In?

Posted Thursday, December 1, 2011

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When Should the State Step In? Cuyahoga County social workers recently removed a child from his mother's home and placed him in foster care over issues related to his excessive weight. That's sparked discussion about whether government should enforce healthy lifestyles. The eight-year-old child weighs more than 200 pounds. But with more than 12 percent of third-graders in Ohio considered severely obese, when should government intervene? Share your thoughts, Thursday morning at 9:00.


Community/Human Interest, Government/Politics, Ethics/Religion, Health, Children's Health


David Crampton, associate professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Science, CWRU
Sumana Narasinham, MD, director Healthy Kids/Healthy Weight program, University Hospitals
Shakyra Diaz, policy director, Ohio ACLU
Patricia Rideout, chief administrator, Cuyahoga County Department of Children & Family Services

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