Ohio's 200-pound 8-year-old prompts parent issue

By THOMAS J. SHEERAN | November 28, 2011 | 6:05 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The case of an 8-year-old Ohio third-grader weighing more than 200 pounds has renewed a debate about whether parents should lose custody if a child is severely obese.

Roughly 2 million U.S. children are extremely obese — weighing significantly more than what's considered healthy.

A Cleveland Heights boy was taken from his family and placed in foster care in October after county case workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight, which puts him at risk for diabetes and hypertension.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Children and Family Services agency said Monday it stands by its custody move, approved by a judge.

Administrator Patricia Rideout says the agency is working to reunite the boy with his family. She says she's withholding the boy's name in his best interest.