• This is a political forum that is non-biased/non-partisan and treats every persons position on topics equally. This debate forum is not aligned to any political party. In today's politics, many ideas are split between and even within all the political parties. Often we find ourselves agreeing on one platform but some topics break our mold. We are here to discuss them in a civil political debate. If this is your first visit to our political forums, be sure to check out the RULES. Registering for debate politics is necessary before posting. Register today to participate - it's free!
  • Welcome to our archives. No new posts are allowed here.

Fat police lock up Chris

Schweddy

Benevolent Dictator
Administrator
DP Veteran
Joined
May 19, 2004
Messages
12,177
Reaction score
6,280
Location
Plano, TX
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Libertarian - Right
I can see the US doing something like this some day.


"Man locked up for eating apples as the insecticide that is used could cause cancer."
 

shuamort

Pundit-licious
DP Veteran
Joined
Feb 4, 2005
Messages
7,297
Reaction score
1,000
Location
Saint Paul, MN
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Independent
There's definitely a fine line here. Chris was on a BBC special that talked about his disease, Prader-Willi Syndrome. This syndrome doesn't create the trigger in the brain that lets it know that the stomach is full. The sufferer of the disease could eat himself to death (remember that first scene from the movie "Seven" where the man was forced to eat until his internal organs went... well you get the picture.)

We've got a dog like that. It's a yellow lab and given her druthers, she'd eat herself to death. She has no idea when she's full and isn't smart enough to make herself proper size portions.

The problem can be seen from both sides about Fat Chris. One side, he's a danger to himself and could be seen as suicidal if he has a blank check at McDonald's. Police typically intervene if a person is standing on a bridge or a rooftop and is ready to jump. That is Fat Chris apparently. On the other side, he's 31. He's an adult and as an adult he should be allowed to make his own fatty choices and choose to live or die by the burger. Neither Chris nor his family have requested the police to intervene.

I can't speak for the UK and the propensity for lawsuits there, but here in the USA, the police could be sued for not intervening should they see someone in Chris' predicament. I work for an insurance company and we used to insure doctors and hospitals until recently. The lawsuits got out of hand and it was far from cost effective. I remember quite a few cases where a hospital released an adult patient on his own volition only to have that person commit suicide. Who did the family blame? The hospital. The patient wanted to leave and the hospital let him. It's f :censored ing ridiculous, but there you have it.

As such, I can see the police erring on the side of caution since we live in a world of people shrugging off personal responsibility for their actions.
 

Batman

Active member
Joined
Feb 13, 2005
Messages
407
Reaction score
7
Location
Fulton, KY
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Conservative
shuamort said:
We've got a dog like that. It's a yellow lab and given her druthers, she'd eat herself to death. She has no idea when she's full and isn't smart enough to make herself proper size portions.
I put this up just to razz :p some people.
I have a yellow lab/retriever that did that with water when she was a pup. She would drink an entire bucket of water if you let her. We had kidney tests and blood work done on her - turned out it was psychological (according to vet) he theorized she thought the water was a treat and wanted to get as much as she could before it was 'taken' away. We had to give her ice cubes for 2 months. Strange.
 
Top Bottom