The Worlds Strongest Boy
JoolsToo · 26/09/2004 13:24
Anyone see the trailer for this programme - I thinks its coming on this week. When I saw it I thought they'd superimposed a childs head on a mans body!
It looks horrifying! A little lad with the body of a body builder - shouldn't pre-empt the programme but I can't think of any good reason why a child that age would want a body like that! talk about child abuse!
coppertop · 26/09/2004 16:55
KM - It's a documentary about a boy of 11 (I think) who has been bodybuilding since he was 6yrs old. Apparently it was thought that he couuld only have developed his muscles through the use of steroids and it was suspected that his parents might have been giving him them.
coppertop · 26/09/2004 17:43
I don't what to give anything away to those who might want to watch it so:
Apparently tests were carried out which showed no traces of steroids in the boy's system. Eventually the father (who was the main one involved with the body-building etc was later jailed for an entirely unrelated offence so left the family home anyway. I think the boy carried on but I'm not 100% sure.
KangaMummy · 26/09/2004 18:35
I have just looked it up in radio times and although it is after 9pm it has a family rating symbol.
I thought that meant that it was suitable for children like my DS age 9 to watch after I have videoed it.
I think that he will NOT be seeing it the next day. He will be in bed by 9pm.
kalex · 27/09/2004 19:23
Absolutley agree with Mr C. The american pageants are child abuse IMO. How can anyone think that it is OK to stick makeup and adult dresses on a little kid to win prizes is beyond me.
The Jon Benet case was awful. and I have no idea who murdered her, but her parents had already murdred her childhood by letting her take part in these Freakshows.
moosh · 28/09/2004 13:13
Watched it all yesterday and found it really disturbing as I'm sure many of you did. I couldn't believe his p[arents and when the mum was bending his little sister's leg and she said that she could feel if it hurt her, well she obviously didn't, because at one point she bent it over so far that the little girl said"Ow mummy that hurts" and the mum said "Oh did it hurt?" So much for anticipating when it hurt her children or not!The only positive thing to come out of this is that he now has friends to play with (all be it a little late) and he has had a few months taste of a normal childhood lately (when his dad was put in prison). Good thing too his mum should have been put there too!!
JoolsToo · 28/09/2004 13:16
only in America would they find a child being 'used' like that and instead of rescuing him they applaud it and exploit him - its disgusting! that child is seen as just a commodity.
I have to say though - he did seem quite a well balanced child for all that - but then so did Michael Jackson at that age - who knows what lasting damage has been done!
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