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Can obesity be grounds for custody?

During custody battles, it is not uncommon for one parent to attack the other with all types of allegations and complaints. With most family courts in the nation basing custody on the best interests of the child, it is no wonder that opposite parenting styles are forced into question. So what happens when one parent is concerned about their child's obesity, and the other parent is blamed for it? According to a new study, the alarming number of parents OK with their child's obvious obesity may give their disapproving spouses grounds for rhetoric.

A study done at NYU Medical Center reported an alarming, 95 percent of parents of obese children, thought their child's size was "just right." Even more concerning was the reported 30 percent decline in appropriate body perception by parents now, as compared to those 20 years ago. This study suggests that overall, parents have changed their idea of what healthy looks like, and in many cases, are unable to identify a healthy weight at all.

Although this study would lead you to believe that most parents out there feel the same way, concerns over a child's weight and health are sometimes a very heated topic for spouses to discuss. Not surprisingly, there is a tendency for issues like this to be a topic of argument during custody battles.

In many cases, a parent's concern for their child's health is enough to bring their spouses parenting style and beliefs into question. Although it is nearly impossible to prove with absolute certainty that one parent is responsible for a child's obesity, a skilled family law attorney may be able to shed light on the factors surrounding that decision. With the growing, and quite alarming problem of childhood obesity plaguing America's youth and new evidence suggesting many parents are unaware of it, parents that are concerned about their child's weight may have more ground to request custody.

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