Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I came across an AP article in the AJC that says parents of extremely obese children should lose custody of them.
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an opinion piece by David Ludwig, a doctor at Children’s Hospital Boston, and Lindsey Murtagh, an attorney, that states it’s in the children’s best interest to take them away from their parents. They said foster care is preferable and more ethical than obesity surgery, in most cases.
Ludwig told the AP that foster care “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.”
Ludwig said he starting thinking about the issue after a 90-pound 3-year-old girl came to his obesity clinic several 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.
Taking kids away from their parents seems to be extreme, so I’d like to know what you think. Here’s what other Atlantans said in a recent article.
Do you think extremely obese kids should go to foster care?
Are there other solutions?
Is weight-loss surgery acceptable for children and teens?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog