Monday, July 18, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Jim Brown.
Part One of The Current
It's Monday, July 18th.
Arrested for her alleged part in the phone hacking scandal, former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks met with police to assist them in their investigation.
Currently, the police say she'd be a natural for wiretapping.
This is the Current.
Obese Children: Doctor Yoni Freedhoff
We started the program today with the voices of Canadian children featured on the TV show X-Weighted. They are among the 1.6 million children in this country who are overweight or obese. Over the last 25 years, Canada's childhood obesity rates have nearly tripled. In the States, the problem is even more dire.
And some experts are calling for drastic measures to combat what many are calling an epidemic. Last week, a doctor and a public health specialist in the United States published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In it, they argued that in extreme cases, obese children should be removed from their home and put into foster care.
Obese Children: Lawyer Kim Varner
Two years ago, Jerri Gray's 14-year-old son was removed from her custody. At the time, he weighed 555 pounds. Now, Jerri Gray is fighting a legal battle to get him back. We spoke with one of Jerri Gray's lawyers, Kim Varner, and he was in Greenville, South Carolina.
Obese Children: Tam Fry, United Kingdom experience
In Britain, officials have been removing extremely obese children from their homes for several years now ... and the results have been positive, according to Tam Fry. He is a spokesperson for the UK's National Obesity Forum and the Chair of the Child Growth Foundation. He was in London, England.
Well, this story has stirred a lot of controversy already. And we'd love to get your thoughts on it. Should the government be intervening in cases of extremely obese children? Do you know of any cases here in Canada? Tell us your story here.
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