A couple in the United Kingdom has been arrested for neglect and child cruelty for letting their 11-year-old son become obese.
After the 210-lb. boy was treated at the Queen Elizabeth hospital twice in March, doctors contacted the police under suspicion of child neglect. The 49-year-old father and 43-year-old mother were both questioned, to which the pair insisted that they were trying to keep their son at a healthy weight and encouraged him to exercise regularly.
“My son has always been big. Everyone on my side of the family is,” said his father, according to The Guardian. Genetics aren’t the real issue here. The police spokesman said that the officers from the child abuse investigation unit are working closely with health and social services in order to treat the case with as much sensitivity as possible, considering the rare circumstance.
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