Should the state take custody of obese kids for their own good? First I think the state should stop funding Harvard:

Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids’ weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation’s most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.

It has happened a few times in the U.S., and the opinion piece in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association says putting children temporarily in foster care is in some cases more ethical than obesity surgery.

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston, said the point isn’t to blame parents, but rather to act in children’s best interest and get them help that for whatever reason their parents can’t provide.

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,” said Ludwig, who wrote the article with Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and a researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health.

“Despite the discomfort posed by state intervention, it may sometimes be necessary to protect a child,” Murtagh said.

What’s next after obese kids? Will the state take custody of kids who are being taught the “wrong things” in the home? Kids that are too thin? Kids that aren’t yet fat but have shown a penchant for Twinkies?

If kids need to be taught to be responsible, not bite off more than they should chew and be wary of pork, letting the government get their mitts on them is probably the worst thing that could happen.

But there’s one universal truth that could hinder the state’s plans:


Update: Glenn Reynolds says that because obesity rates are higher in poor minority areas, the Harvard duo’s suggestion is clearly racist. Heh.


17 Responses to “Harvard Researchers: Maybe the State Should Kidnap Obese Kids”

  1. Marshall_Will on July 13th, 2011 3:44 pm

    The Government already has a program for parents that have tried everything to slim down and motivate their unruly children.

    ( They're called The Marines )

    Semper Fi!

  2. Doug on July 13th, 2011 3:59 pm

    Ha! I should write to those guys and say "just bring back the draft and problem solved!"

  3. SignPainterGuy on July 14th, 2011 1:45 pm

    Bring back the draft ?!?! Gee Doug, why do you hate senators` sons ?! Or is it "women" you hate ?! 😉

  4. Dexter_Alarius on July 13th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Alternate headline: It Takes a Pillage

  5. Doug on July 13th, 2011 3:58 pm

    "It Takes a Pillage" — that's good enough to fashion a book around!

  6. cdl on July 13th, 2011 4:05 pm

    Then they came for the fat kids… and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    (Oops. I'm giving out too much info again.)

  7. Joe Redfield on July 13th, 2011 4:32 pm

    They'll need new rules(naturally) about who is eligible to be foster parents; you wouldn't want some selfish conservative like Michelle Bachmann to get near impressionable young minds.

  8. Marshall_Will on July 13th, 2011 4:34 pm

    Our local had a story of "a vicious courtroom 'attack' " ( like they show on "World's Dumbest Criminals" Part 736 ) What a scream! All these ROTUND hispanic 'gang members' ( didn't being in a gang used to imply you were tough and ready for action? ) and they're just rolling around on the floor!

    Wait, they're not 'fat', they're FLUFFY. Which is one step from… Dah…yum!?

  9. Granny55 on July 13th, 2011 5:14 pm

    Did I miss something in the article? As HAAAAVAD is all about "social justice" I am assuming it will only be WHITE obese children that will be subjected to confiscation.

  10. SignPainterGuy on July 13th, 2011 8:02 pm

    You`re right again Doug ! Haaaaaavuhd shouldn`t receive another cent of taxpayer money.

    It`s only anecdotal, but there seems to be an inordinate number of obese kids in my neck of the woods and the vast majority of those kids have obese or even morbidly obese parents. They come in white, black and brown skins AND are on givermint assistance …… or have some easy unionized job. If the gooberment is gonna take the kids, they also need to take the parents. And by extension, the gooberment should kidnap the givermint assistance programs `cause they facilitate the "bad behavior" !

  11. Marshall_Will on July 13th, 2011 11:58 pm

    "If the gooberment is gonna take the kids, they also need to take the parents."

    And if that point doesn't render their whole argument Null & Void I don't know what does? Their parents are obese why… again exactly? Oh…!

    Over the last several days, weeks probably I've found myself in string of "circular logic" battle of wills and it gets exhausting. Foldaholic Mitch was about all I could take.

  12. SignPainterGuy on July 14th, 2011 3:10 am

    I linked to an interesting story from Zilla at Potluck over on the McConnell thread.

    He may (?) have made a brilliant(ish) move !

  13. backwoods on July 13th, 2011 8:13 pm

    I almost got kidnapped when I was a kid. Two men with guns in their hands came into the house while my parents weren't home. They took one look at me and blindfolded themselves.

  14. SignPainterGuy on July 13th, 2011 8:20 pm

    Ha ha !

    My ex-MinL used to fear her youngest daughter being kidnapped. I tried to reassure her with, "They`d bring her back !"

  15. god on July 13th, 2011 10:34 pm


  16. connie on July 14th, 2011 2:41 am

    Nothing would be more beneficial than to have them gone! But…since the government supports them too, it'll never happen….

  17. Hyperfobea on July 14th, 2011 10:57 am

    The absurdities we joke about today will be federal law tomorrow.

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