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.” Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital, said his eureka moment was when a 90-pound, 3-year-old girl entered his obesity clinic a number of years ago,” reports Lindsey Tanner at the Associated Press.
Her parents had physical disabilities, little money and difficulty controlling her weight. Last year, at age 12, she weighed 400 pounds and had developed diabetes, cholesterol problems, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
“Out of medical concern, the state placed this girl in foster care, where she simply received three balanced meals a day and a snack or two and moderate physical activity,” he said. After a year, she lost 130 pounds. Though she is still obese, her diabetes and apnea disappeared; she remains in foster care, he said.
What an interesting article. While I don’t agree that children should be taken away from their families for being obese, I do believe that parents should be severely punished for allowing their children to become super-obese. A 90-lb 3 year old!!! OMG! WTF! That’s just ridiculous!
The idea of taking children away from their biological families and placing them in foster care is just as stupid as pro-life supporters pushing the agenda of adoption and foster care alternatives for children instead of abortions.
First and foremost, there are currently an estimated 2 million over-weight/obese children in the U.S. Putting this many children in the foster care system would be impossible! It would cause a huge economic strain on our social services program and there quite simply isn’t enough “willing participants” that are lining up to take care of foster children.
This sounds like a big ridiculous joke drummed up by stupid, over-educated dumb asses who have nothing better to do than come up with silly ass solutions to problems that can’t simply or quickly be resolved.
The basic fault of this idea is that it relies upon people actually standing up for what they believe in and “walking the walk.” Christians and pro-life supporters all over the world say they believe in adoption and fostering as alternatives to abortion, yet the overwhelming majority of these people do not adopt or foster children. If you think that’s bad, just wait and see what happens when you add millions of obese kids into the social services foster care system. It will be a million times worse!
As I’ve said in numerous posts about issues related to this subject, we need to stop getting the government involved in situations like this and we need to begin putting focus on the real culprits… Fast food restaurants.
Now I’m not saying we should start initiating ridiculous tax increases on fast food chains, because that again would be… Getting the government involved and that’s the last thing we need to solve this obesity crisis.
We need to realize and accept that the reason obesity amongst children and adults is growing so fast is because our culture and society has allowed and embraced a fast food culture. Mothers are no longer in the house cooking healthy meals for dinner. They are in the workforce working full time jobs like their male counterparts, and they’re stopping through the nearest fast food restaurant to feed their families on their way home from work. 20 years of this has led to the point we are at today.
I don’t pretend to have the solution to this problem, but one place we need to start is by facing reality and the reasons why this epidemic has gotten to the point it is at.
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- Michael Priceless