Should Parents Lose Custody Of Severely Obese Kids? [POLL]
Should parents lose custody of their severely obese kids? In some cases yes, says Dr. David Ludwig. Dr. Ludwig is an obesity expert at Children’s Hospital in Boston. It’s a growing debate and one that is pretty interesting. When does the State step in to protect a child?
According to ABC News:
“State intervention may serve the best interests of many children with life-threatening obesity, comprising the only realistic way to control harmful behaviors,” Ludwig said in the editorial, which he co-wrote with Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health.
“In severe instances of childhood obesity, removal from the home may be justifiable, from a legal standpoint because of imminent health risks and the parents’ chronic failure to address medical problems,” the authors wrote.
So what do you think? Let us know in today’s LFN Poll of the Day.