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You might want to read this.

First they came for your fat kids..., by Katharhynn Heidelberg,

Did Dr. David Ludwig of Harvard go all Jonathan Swift on us, when he suggested fat kids should be removed from their parents’ care?

Not quite. As it turns out, the media blew out of proportion his and researcher Lyndsey Murtagh’s commentary advocating government intervention in extreme cases. No “Modest Proposal,” this; apparently, the good doctor does not want to create and unleash the Fat Police — nor even satirically suggest doing so to make a point.

But the fact that he could raise the possibility for the media to run with should be cause for concern. Not because parents are trying their best, or need help, or because being labeled fat stigmatizes kids, as pundits have suggested. Rather, it’s cause for concern because parents do not “make” their children fat.

Repeat: Parents. Do. Not. Make. Their. Children. Fat. Not anymore than they can “make” their children brunette, or tall, male, or female simply by changing “habits” and “getting with the (government) program.”

Just follow the link above to read the rest.

This is a great, well-researched article, and it's as timely now as it was last month. I cannot believe that the idea of taking kids out of their homes because they're fat is being taken seriously in so many places. I think I've been hesitant to write about it, because I'm pretty sure that the press is in effect pushing this preposterous idea by publicizing it. In my opinion, it's such an insane idea that it shouldn't even be discussed. But it's being discussed. More than that, it's happened both in the US and in the UK.

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September 23rd, 2011 | Link | Oh, this is FANTASTIC.

Oh, this is FANTASTIC. Measured, thorough, well-researched, basically everything the average bit of MSM fat alarmism isn't. No stupid comments from the usual peanut gallery of armchair 'obesity experts' to take the shine off of it either. One to bookmark and link next time the Beeb or Guardian give a platform to one of the advocates of this appalling and increasingly common misuse of child protection laws.

"What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right" - Albert Einstein

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