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Should Parents of Obese Children Lose Custody of Their Kids?

A commentary in one of the nation's most prominent medical journals advocates taking obese children away from their parents if they cannot control their kids' weight.

The article in the current Journal of the American Medical Association was written by Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, and Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and a researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health.

They claim they do not want to punish the parents; rather, they are acting in the best interests of the children.

Ludwig told USA Today that state intervention "ideally will support not just the child but the whole family, with the goal of reuniting child and family as soon as possible. That may require instruction on parenting,"

Murtagh added, "Despite the discomfort posed by state intervention, it may sometimes be necessary to protect a child."

The theory is obviously controversial. If the state starts taking custody away if children are obese, will it come up with new reasons to remove a child? Because the parent smokes? Because the parent yells too much? Where do you draw the line? We want to know what you think.


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