The authorities say it is “rare”, but it certainly has happened too many times … removing a fat child from his or her home because the child is fat.
This is every parent’s nightmare. To have their children taken away from them; but this seems to be happening more and more often with fat children – especially if the parents are fat.
First, haven’t they ever heard of genetics? Fat people are more likely to have fat children, and it has nothing to do with eating and exercise habits.
Second, have you ever tried to feed a child who doesn’t want to eat? Force feeding a child is about as impossible as … well, as maintaining long term weight loss.
You might also note that poor people and minorities are more likely to have fat children. Two groups that usually don’t have the resources to mount an effective legal battle to keep their children. And these are two groups that often don’t have access to the type of medical care necessary to determine if something else is causing unusual weight gain. Unfortunately, they become “easy targets” of a fat hating society.
Some people say, the parents shouldn’t “allow” their children to eat so much. I’m not even going to argue that — what I will say is I don’t recall ever hearing of a bulimic or anorexic child being taken away from their parents because the child was “allowed” to eat too little or “allowed” their child to purge or “allowed” their child to engage in compulsive exercise.
And of course, the fact is there are lots of different reasons for a person to be fat; and some (if not a lot) of those reasons have nothing to do with eating and exercise. And the other fact is when you bring a fat child to see a doctor, the first (and often only) treatment plan is to lose weight; without any consideration of any possible underlying cause.
I was a fat kid. I weighed about 100 pounds in first grade. But I was healthy and active. My sister was not a fat kid. She was healthy and active. Same family, different results — because even though we were related, my sister and I are unique individuals.
This is the kind of thing that shows just how bad fat hatred has become in our society.
This is fat discrimination in possibly it’s worst form. To deny someone their family, simply because of what they weigh.