Should Parents Lose Custody Of Fat Children?

overweight child-resized-600If your twelve-year-old is a 300-pound diabetic, have you failed as a parent to the point that your child should be taken away for his or her own safety? Health experts at Harvard say yes, it’s time to get tough and start removing fat children from their homes. It boggles the mind that we live in an age in which this is a pressing issue. The Atlantic Wire reports:

As the Western world gets fatter and fatter, the solutions to slimming it down get ever more draconian. Today, 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.

“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”:

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.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    No!!! NONONO! DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT diminish the herds of hopelessly fat kids!!!

    Oil will soon run low as a world commodity…prices will keep climbing until alternatives become necessary. These fatties are a superb source of blubber which can be rendered down for essential oils…all natural! All we have to do is feed them our garbage…let the pads and rolls blossom, and harvest them when the need finally arises. The new market for ‘land whale oil’ will carry us forward into a new century of prosperity.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    No!!! NONONO! DO NOT…I repeat…DO NOT diminish the herds of hopelessly fat kids!!!

    Oil will soon run low as a world commodity…prices will keep climbing until alternatives become necessary. These fatties are a superb source of blubber which can be rendered down for essential oils…all natural! All we have to do is feed them our garbage…let the pads and rolls blossom, and harvest them when the need finally arises. The new market for ‘land whale oil’ will carry us forward into a new century of prosperity.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Ah, the sweetest of all bacon…lol

    • JohnnyUtah

      You can also make candles from the rendered fat!

      • Hadrian999

        don’t forget about soap

    • Onavelvetcouch

      hahahahahahahahah

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  • Anonymous

    Ah, the sweetest of bacon…lol

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    No, we have to put an end to this Anti-Samoan rhetoric.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    No, we have to put an end to this Anti-Samoan rhetoric.

  • Rex Vestri

    No, but HFCS should be banned.

  • Rex Vestri

    No, but HFCS should be banned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    Yes, absolutely yes. I wish someone had intervened on my behalf. Unfortunately, like my parents, many idiots are setting their children up for a lifetime of struggling with weight issues. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bobbie-Jean-Pentecost/100000391760333 Bobbie Jean Pentecost

    Yes, absolutely yes. I wish someone had intervened on my behalf. Unfortunately, like my parents, many idiots are setting their children up for a lifetime of struggling with weight issues. 

  • bobbiethejean

    Yes, absolutely yes. I wish someone had intervened on my behalf. Unfortunately, like my parents, many idiots are setting their children up for a lifetime of struggling with weight issues. 

  • Anonymous

    The ONLY way obesity will ever not be a problem is if we destroy the state and everyone grows their own fruit.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    The ONLY way obesity will ever not be a problem is if we destroy the state and everyone grows their own fruit.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Right, ’cause fruit can grow in all climates and environments.

      • JoiquimCouteau

        It does when you have aeroponics and LEDs. There’s no reason that all of the advances in clandestine cannabis production cannot be applied to growing fruit.

  • Anonymous

    The only problem is the expense this will inevitably occur. Instead of the tax payers at large being responsible the irresponsible parents themselves should be forced to pay for the extensive exercise programs the government will have to place these kids under to get them healthy. If it spreads far enough maybe people will learn to take the initiative and be healthy themselves. However, you’ll have to do the same with the parents. Otherwise you have to worry about the kid returning home to the parents where he’ll pick his bad habits right back up again.

  • SF2K01

    The only problem is the expense this will inevitably occur. Instead of the tax payers at large being responsible the irresponsible parents themselves should be forced to pay for the extensive exercise programs the government will have to place these kids under to get them healthy. If it spreads far enough maybe people will learn to take the initiative and be healthy themselves. However, you’ll have to do the same with the parents. Otherwise you have to worry about the kid returning home to the parents where he’ll pick his bad habits right back up again.

  • Dandd3242

    Fat or skinny do you really think a kid is better off being raised by the state instead of their parents? Taking the child from their home, and putting them in an orphanage shouldn’t cause any psychological problems at all. If people are fat, let them be fat. Who gives a shit. The outcome of life is the same no matter what job you have, the size of your body, or what kind of car you drive. Enjoy life while you have it to enjoy. If that joy comes in the form of a cupcake or a water bong go ahead as long as you aren’t hurting anyone else. People need to mind their own business, and stop trying to get the government to make other people live the way they think they should live.

  • Dandd3242

    Fat or skinny do you really think a kid is better off being raised by the state instead of their parents? Taking the child from their home, and putting them in an orphanage shouldn’t cause any psychological problems at all. If people are fat, let them be fat. Who gives a shit. The outcome of life is the same no matter what job you have, the size of your body, or what kind of car you drive. Enjoy life while you have it to enjoy. If that joy comes in the form of a cupcake or a water bong go ahead as long as you aren’t hurting anyone else. People need to mind their own business, and stop trying to get the government to make other people live the way they think they should live.

    • wizard troll

      you are hurting someone else by eating an exaggerated amount of food that could be diverted to someone else. someone else somewhere is missing that surplus 

      • Hadrian999

        people don’t starve in the united states because of food shortages, they starve because they can’t buy food

    • Tuna Ghost

      If people are fat, let them be fat. Who gives a shit.
      Well, the child might when they get a bit older.  This kind of obesity comes with very serious health problems.  Diabetes is no joke, guy.  

      The outcome of life is the same no matter what job you have, the size of your body, or what kind of car you drive.

      Sure, but the quality of life is significantly lower.  And that life will almost certainly be shorter.  Part of being a parent means providing a healthy life for your child (as much as is within one’s means).  

      Enjoy life while you have it to enjoy.

      See my earlier comments re: quality of life and duration.

    • Guest

      I agree.  People certainly do need to mind their own business.  My personal opinion is that, yes, letting your child reach 300 pounds is a form of abuse, neglect, what have you and that should not go unnoticed.  It gets a little hazy, however, when others start dictating what others need to do even more than we already do.  

      One also MUST think how this may BENEFIT ANYONE ELSE besides the child… In a case where a “fat” child must be removed from their parents home, what exactly is the state going to do with this child to help it’s health?  Send it to boot camp?  My point, exactly… this works out quite conveniently for our government and their indoctrinating-children-fetish much like Fascism since there is no “draft…”  Just saying… are these “fat” kids going to be “fighting for our freedom” anytime soon?  

      But yes, parents that allow and encourage their children to eat poorly because they do themselves (i.e. regular diet of McDonald’s) are in the same class of people who verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abuse their children.  However, the “right” here isn’t necessarily taking the OTHER extreme either… that the child should know no other food than carrots and salads… both are abusive and not taking into account the individual, however, a child does not possess the ability to discipline themselves.  There is a neutrality somewhere in here, but so far I have only been presented with “extremes.”  Just another thing to add to the list where there is no clear “right” or “wrong.”

      It’s also quite ironic, to say the least, that some people want to jump down the throats of the impoverished to tell them what they *should* be purchasing with their food stamps when, at my local Kroger, the cheapest foods are those with the Kroger off-brand label, that if you read the back contain higher amounts of sodium, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and sugar than the higher-priced product that it is claiming to be the “equivalent” of… check the label the next time you pick up the generic to “save some money,” you may just be harming your health… and any one of us are susceptible to that, not just the impoverished.  

  • JohnnyUtah

    You can also make candles from the rendered fat!

  • Vanderchunk

    The parents of kids who weigh like 400 hundred pounds should be flogged once a month until the kids get down to a relatively non-ginormous size. I’m actually half serious, it would probably work and the kid wouldn’t die of a heart attack at 25 and she’d still get to grow up with her parents. Maybe people too stupid to raise a dog, let alone a kid need to get whacked with sticks so they make the mental connection “Fat kid=whacked with sticks… Skinny kid=no stick whackage” Stupid parent learns to feed the kid boring normal food that you cook on the stove and take her out for a walk once a day. And then like magic the kid won’t die of a massive coronory or diabetes or syphallis.

  • Vanderchunk

    The parents of kids who weigh like 400 hundred pounds should be flogged once a month until the kids get down to a relatively non-ginormous size. I’m actually half serious, it would probably work and the kid wouldn’t die of a heart attack at 25 and she’d still get to grow up with her parents. Maybe people too stupid to raise a dog, let alone a kid need to get whacked with sticks so they make the mental connection “Fat kid=whacked with sticks… Skinny kid=no stick whackage” Stupid parent learns to feed the kid boring normal food that you cook on the stove and take her out for a walk once a day. And then like magic the kid won’t die of a massive coronory or diabetes or syphallis.

  • Penguins4life

    It comes down to poor parenting and also letting kids be brats and whiney. My dad used to kick my ass for no reason so I knew if I messed up I would be dead. Kids today have it to easy these days and sometimes just having things handed too them. Im not saying thats always bad but they need to learn self control and discipline. Not to mention how they have cut recess from many schools that actually gave kids a time to get some blood pumping.

    • The_Baffler

      “My dad used to kick my ass for no reason”

      Thats pro parenting right there.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F5I7BMN57UMVO472JTCAV6HWVA Fred

      You use “to” where you should use “too” and you use “too” where you should use “to”.

      Examples of correct usage ~

      a) Things can be handed to you.

      b) You can be given too much.

      Otherwise, good comment. Hope your Dad got over those anger issues.

  • Penguins4life

    It comes down to poor parenting and also letting kids be brats and whiney. My dad used to kick my ass for no reason so I knew if I messed up I would be dead. Kids today have it to easy these days and sometimes just having things handed too them. Im not saying thats always bad but they need to learn self control and discipline. Not to mention how they have cut recess from many schools that actually gave kids a time to get some blood pumping.

  • wizard troll

    you are hurting someone else by eating an exaggerated amount of food that could be diverted to someone else. someone else somewhere is missing that surplus 

  • http://twitter.com/vayacondanzig Nick A.M.G.

    COMMU-HITLER OBAMA WANTS TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN NONFAT SO THEY CAN WORK THEM MORE FOR THE NEW SOVIET STATES OF AMERICA, RIP FREEDOM.

  • http://twitter.com/vayacondanzig Nick A.M.G.

    COMMU-HITLER OBAMA WANTS TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN NONFAT SO THEY CAN WORK THEM MORE FOR THE NEW SOVIET STATES OF AMERICA, RIP FREEDOM.

  • Anonymous

    “My dad used to kick my ass for no reason”

    Thats pro parenting right there.

  • Hadrian999

    it sounds like a good idea on the surface but where would you put them? i doubt existing foster care resources could cope with the strain and removing children from parents would be psychologically damaging. free youth activity programs would be a better solution as well as community nutrition and healthy cooking classes would also be a better use of the funds that would be required to enforce child seizures.

  • Hadrian999

    it sounds like a good idea on the surface but where would you put them? i doubt existing foster care resources could cope with the strain and removing children from parents would be psychologically damaging. free youth activity programs would be a better solution as well as community nutrition and healthy cooking classes would also be a better use of the funds that would be required to enforce child seizures.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Right, don’t go after manufacturers, advertisers, distributors or polluters(contamination may be playing a role here as well) go after the parents, and take the kids away. Don’t fight the sources of the problem, just treat the symptoms.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Right, don’t go after manufacturers, advertisers, distributors or polluters(contamination may be playing a role here as well) go after the parents, and take the kids away. Don’t fight the sources of the problem, just treat the symptoms.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Right, ’cause fruit can grow in all climates and environments.

  • Hadrian999

    people don’t starve in the united states because of food shortages, hey starve because they can’t buy food

  • Anonymous

    It does when you have aeroponics and LEDs. There’s no reason that all of the advances in clandestine cannabis production cannot be applied to growing fruit.

  • Hadrian999

    don’t forget about soap

  • Tuna Ghost

    If people are fat, let them be fat. Who gives a shit.
    Well, the child might when they get a bit older.  This kind of obesity comes with very serious health problems.  Diabetes is no joke, guy.  

    The outcome of life is the same no matter what job you have, the size of your body, or what kind of car you drive.

    Sure, but the quality of life is significantly lower.  And that life will almost certainly be shorter.  Part of being a parent means providing a healthy life for your child (as much as is within one’s means).  

    Enjoy life while you have it to enjoy.

    See my earlier comments re: quality of life and duration.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F5I7BMN57UMVO472JTCAV6HWVA Fred

    You use “to” where you should use “too” and you use “too” where you should use “to”.

    Examples of correct usage ~

    a) Things can be handed to you.

    b) You can be given too much.

    Otherwise, good comment. Hope your Dad got over those anger issues.

  • Joe Antenucci

    I think this good work and research that needs to be done. 

    But removing a child seems like a temporary solution to the long-term problem of cheap, addictive, easily accessible junk food. 

    Blaming parents who work multiple jobs instead of ag businesses and our government who make this cheap food possible seems unfair. Parents shouldn’t have to decide between buying their kids healthy food and buying their school supplies. That’s a terrible decision to make.  

    Does anyone in the distinguished research community ever talk about advising the government to require fruits and vegetables be cheaper (subsidies) or junk food more expensive (taxes)?  

    This would make corporations and politicians go crazy, but wouldn’t it make for healthier families?  

  • Joe Antenucci

    I think this good work and research that needs to be done. 

    But removing a child seems like a temporary solution to the long-term problem of cheap, addictive, easily accessible junk food. 

    Blaming parents who work multiple jobs instead of ag businesses and our government who make this cheap food possible seems unfair. Parents shouldn’t have to decide between buying their kids healthy food and buying their school supplies. That’s a terrible decision to make.  

    Does anyone in the distinguished research community ever talk about advising the government to require fruits and vegetables be cheaper (subsidies) or junk food more expensive (taxes)?  

    This would make corporations and politicians go crazy, but wouldn’t it make for healthier families?  

  • Zel

    I am completely against children who are obese suffering with illnesses BUT why are we so willing to rip a child away from their families instead of going after the FDA, manufacturers, distributors… etc who are polluting our food with artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup, high amounts of sugar, preservatives, MSG, sodium, BHT, and pesticides; all linked to diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Why are we allowing the government to do away with organic farming? Why is there high amounts of corn syrup in products that never had them before or already have high content sugar? Why is there pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics in milk? We give children milk as toddlers and for school lunch, why is that acceptable? Why does our bottled and treated water contain mercury and lead? Why does it cost $1 for a double cheeseburger at McDonald’s but $4.99 for a small container of blueberries? If faced with poverty, is a family more likely to spend money on highly prices organic foods or fruits and vegetables or go for fast food that can feed more people? Why does it seem the system is trying to keep certain groups down… why is our food poison? But your right… let’s start uprooting children from their homes because parents feed their children…. garbage (food).

  • Zel

    I am completely against children who are obese suffering with illnesses BUT why are we so willing to rip a child away from their families instead of going after the FDA, manufacturers, distributors… etc who are polluting our food with artificial colors, flavors, high fructose corn syrup, high amounts of sugar, preservatives, MSG, sodium, BHT, and pesticides; all linked to diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses. Why are we allowing the government to do away with organic farming? Why is there high amounts of corn syrup in products that never had them before or already have high content sugar? Why is there pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics in milk? We give children milk as toddlers and for school lunch, why is that acceptable? Why does our bottled and treated water contain mercury and lead? Why does it cost $1 for a double cheeseburger at McDonald’s but $4.99 for a small container of blueberries? If faced with poverty, is a family more likely to spend money on highly prices organic foods or fruits and vegetables or go for fast food that can feed more people? Why does it seem the system is trying to keep certain groups down… why is our food poison? But your right… let’s start uprooting children from their homes because parents feed their children…. garbage (food).

  • Guest

    I agree.  People certainly do need to mind their own business.  My personal opinion is that, yes, letting your child reach 300 pounds is a form of abuse, neglect, what have you and that should not go unnoticed.  It gets a little hazy, however, when others start dictating what others need to do even more than we already do.  

    One also MUST think how this may BENEFIT ANYONE ELSE besides the child… In a case where a “fat” child must be removed from their parents home, what exactly is the state going to do with this child to help it’s health?  Send it to boot camp?  My point, exactly… this works out quite conveniently for our government and their indoctrinating-children-fetish much like Fascism since there is no “draft…”  Just saying… are these “fat” kids going to be “fighting for our freedom” anytime soon?  

    But yes, parents that allow and encourage their children to eat poorly because they do themselves (i.e. regular diet of McDonald’s) are in the same class of people who verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abuse their children.  However, the “right” here isn’t necessarily taking the OTHER extreme either… that the child should know no other food than carrots and salads… both are abusive and not taking into account the individual, however, a child does not possess the ability to discipline themselves.  There is a neutrality somewhere in here, but so far I have only been presented with “extremes.”  Just another thing to add to the list where there is no clear “right” or “wrong.”

    It’s also quite ironic, to say the least, that some people want to jump down the throats of the impoverished to tell them what they *should* be purchasing with their food stamps when, at my local Kroger, the cheapest foods are those with the Kroger off-brand label, that if you read the back contain higher amounts of sodium, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and sugar than the higher-priced product that it is claiming to be the “equivalent” of… check the label the next time you pick up the generic to “save some money,” you may just be harming your health… and any one of us are susceptible to that, not just the impoverished.  

  • Onavelvetcouch

    hahahahahahahahah

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