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Doctor government should confiscate fat kids?

http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/capitol/doctor_government_should_confiscate_4zJXUqGYqi6Bhjv59mUJOM

12:17 PM, July 13, 2011 ι Abby W. Schachter

A Harvard affiliated doctor argues that the solution to obese kids is for the government to take custody of these "at risk children" but only in extreme cases. Dr. David Ludwig explains that state intervention “ideally will support not just the child but the whole family, with the goal of reuniting child and family as soon as possible.” He told The Associated Press that removing kids from their parents' home is not the only thing states should do. Ludwig says that to change conditions in the home "may require instruction on parenting."

This business is so odious, we've lost out appetite.

First, where does Ludwig get the notion that foster care is going to get kids on a healthier path. Does he recommend that a state foster-care system employ special trainer-foster-parents who are specially certified to care for fat kids?

But of course the problems with implementing his idea isn't the real issue. The problem is advocating for government-parenting. Obese children may not be healthy children and they may ideed face serious health issues, as Ludwig argues. But nothing about their lifestyle poses an iminent danger to themselves, their parents or the surrounding community. Parents make bad choices all the time, for themselves and their kids. That is their right and priviledge in a free society.

Using Ludwig's argument that in extreme cases the state should take extreme measures to remove persons in danger, perhaps the state of Massachusetts should remove Dr. Ludwig from Boston's Children's Hospital where he works so as to protect his patients from the danger he poses, given his extremely dangerous ideas about caring for kids.


Do you agree?

 
agentwanda

Asked by agentwanda at 2:17 PM on Jul. 13, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (39)
  • Yeah, put em in foster care where complete strangers can feed them Hamburger Helper and Poptarts instead of their parents feeding them Hamburger Helper and Poptarts. That'll fix it!
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:24 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Its like federally mandating Jenny Craig.


    ~If Obamacare can mandate the purchase of private health insurance, what is stopping bureaucrats from mandating private diet programs for obese parents and children. Slippery slopes, tend to keep sliding.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:35 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • NO- My employer (hospital) has an evening program where they teach kids about healthy eating and living. They also walk and do various other exercises. Education and getting people moving is what is needed.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 2:27 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • When I was a kid there were a few fat kids and that is because, we walked, on our bikes, played outside all the time!

    Turn off the TV and take family walks every night. We did that with our kids and it was fun.
    gammie

    Answer by gammie at 2:30 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Dr. David Ludwig explains that state intervention “ideally will support not just the child but the whole family, with the goal of reuniting child and family as soon as possible.” He told The Associated Press that removing kids from their parents' home is not the only thing states should do. Ludwig says that to change conditions in the home "may require instruction on parenting."


     


    Wow.. I can think of a few moms here on CM who would lose their kids and be deemed bad parents, if government went this far to nanny...  Wow, just wow... Bet they aren't fans of Big government after they read this!!!

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:30 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • It is always a good idea to rip children away from their parents (sarcasm).I think this dr is a dumbass.Having the families learn of healthier eating/lifestyles is a much better plan.
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:32 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • You know what I don't get? How in 30 to 40 years did the average American lose all ability to know how to be healthy? Why do we need classes to teach us what healthy food is and that sitting on your butt all day isn't a good idea? What happened to us to make us so clueless? And clearly, we are clueless or there wouldn't be so many obese people, especially the kids.
    SuperChicken

    Answer by SuperChicken at 2:34 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • I read that this am. Not sure how I feel about it really. I can understand the motives, sort of, but I think it will cause more harm than good
    Zakysmommy

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 2:21 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Yep, that would help a lot. More kids in foster care where lots of emotional damage happens. Much better. What an idiotic idea.
    Mom2Just1Kiddo

    Answer by Mom2Just1Kiddo at 2:32 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • How in 30 to 40 years did the average American lose all ability to know how to be healthy?

    They changed the 4 food groups into the "food pyramid". Placement on the pyramid was dictated by lobby groups that market processed foods or the ingredients that are used in them (Conagra, General Mills, Monsanto, etc). Since most of them use corn products, starches were made the most important group, protein and fat (things you NEED) were called dangerous, and an entire generation was put, by the government, on a high-carb diet, taught in school that was correct, and told to go home and teach their parents. This was also taught in college - in med schools and nursing. Then the "low carb" craze kicked in, people went to the opposite extreme, did just as much damage to themselves, and took it as reenforcement that high carb is the way to go.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:38 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

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