Imagine being told because of your weight, your kids were going to be taken away? I came across an article about a father who will lose custody of his two sons because a doctor told the courts that the man was unable to care for them due to the mans excessive weight.
The 38-year-old man weighed 360lbs, down from 510lbs. A judge ruled that keeping up with the dad’s weight loss program would be a full-time job in itself making it impossible to care for two special needs kids. Therefore the boys would be put up for adoption.
The article doesn’t say exactly how “needy” the boys are, or if there were any other sources of help, or family. One would hope that every available option was offered.
The boys were originally put into foster care when their mother was put into a hospital after a possible mental breakdown and overdose. After a court ordered health assessment of the father the boys were taken away and haven’t seen their father in a year.
I find it strange that the courts have completely broken up the family. One can only assume from the text that supervised visits weren’t an option. The article did state that part of the decision was based on the father’s former marijuana use and violent outbursts.
Another article states that the father was winded after walking, making it impossible to keep up with two active children. Even tho the man had reported outbursts, there were no signs of abuse toward the boys
I hope that the outbursts weren’t ones recorded while dealing with this issue, because any parent would be quite mad and may have a outbursts or two.
Both articles leave unanswered questions about the family, like “why are the boys being put up for adoption and not remaining in foster care until the farther reaches a healthy weight”? He is clearly trying. It seems odd that the courts would want to break up a family over an issue such as this. If this is more about the mans weight than any other issue, then where is the line drawn? Can the courts really say that you are too over weight to be a parent? plenty of moms give birth to babies while being over weight to start with. At this rate, soon parents will be required to pass a physical fitness test. As the rates of obesity rise, I’m sure we will see something more of this.
I just hope that someone will think of the children.