As the Western world gets fatter and fatter, the solutions to slimming it down get ever more draconian. In Britain yesterday, the government issued guidelines saying “children under the age of 5, including babies who can’t walk yet, should exercise every day.” Today, in the States, a pair of Harvard scholars writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association advocate stripping away the custody rights of parents of super obese children. They’re for real!
“Despite the discomfort posed by state intervention, it may sometimes be necessary to protect a child,” said Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health. The study’s co-author, David Ludwig, says taking away peoples’ children “ideally will support not just the child but the whole family, with the goal of reuniting child and family as soon as possible.”
They site the case of a 400-lb 12 y/o girl who was placed in foster care and lost 130 pounds.
Look, I have nothing but rage for parents who let their kids balloon up to 400 pounds. But our foster care system is already overburdened with kids whose parents beat the shit out of them, molest them, are high on drugs all the time or expose them to dangerous criminal elements. Obesity is something we can treat without ripping kids out of homes. Let’s some fucking perspective, please? Thank you.