UK 'Expert' Calls for Removing Fat Kids from Homes
Even though he realizes his opinion is unpopular (never mind "wrong", "bullheaded", "ignorant", "stupid", et al), Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum's board in the UK has decided that fat kids should be removed from their homes against their will and in some cases be forced to have their stomachs stapled.
Mr Fry said: "My point will be that we regard malnourished children as being abused and so with those children who are so overweight, either consciously or by neglect because their parents allow it, there should be a case for them being removed from their parents to a paediatric ward and put under weight management by doctors."
Again, Fry feels he'll be defeated when the issue comes up for debate at the Forum's annual conference tomorrow. But the fact that he can float this idea at all in any context and be taken seriously should serve as a wake-up call for people who feel that this issue is overblown or exaggerated by us "angry" fat people.
To show Fry's ignorance, I offer this quote from the article regarding parents of the children who would be in these "correction" camps:
"The parents will be permitted access but they will be frisked for chocolate and fizzy drinks when they enter the ward."
Clearly, all parents do is give their kids chocolate (sugar!) and soda (more sugar!) in order for them to be fat. Why, it's so simple really: instead of ensuring that these kids might actually feel good about their bodies and well-being, let's instead ship them off to camps where they'll be subject to "treatment" and having permanent, doctor-approved damage done to their internal organs. All in the name of trying to avoid fat.
Part of the problem here, as with any argument that falls into this court, is that there's simply no convincing evidence provided by Fry that this is really necessary. The burden of proof has been totally removed from people who are anti-fat and has been shifted to those of us who are for fat rights and equality. Did you ever wonder why that is? Why Fry can get away with these statements without even citing a study? I mean, that would at least give us something to pick apart and consider on its own merits.
Instead we have an ignorant, ignorant opinion that is out there in the public sphere and doing nothing but damage. I mean, fat kids in the UK are already placed on an "at risk" (for what?) list and already could and have been removed from homes. Fry just wants to up the ante and make fat = abuse.
"For the sake of the children it does need to be done because we have got children who are horrendously fat."
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome our latest modifier for fat... "horrendously!" And of course it's FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN! We have to do it for the children! Now! Urgent! Kids! Stuff! Things! Staple their stomachs! Fixed! Children!
"I fully expect to be defeated in the debate. I go into it knowing that the prospect of removing children from their parents is something that the medical profession will shy away from."
You want to talk about abuse, Mr. Fry? Taking kids from their homes - that's abuse. [Thanks, Beanietude.]