Take Obese Children from Their Parents?

So suggests a piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association, at least in "carefully selected situations".  Apparently, a very obese girl who was put in foster care has lost 130 pounds. As Arthur Caplan points out, this is ludicrous--the foster system is already overstretched without adding obesity to catalogue of child abuse and neglect.  It's also kind of creepy--the sort of thing that gives paternalism a very, very bad name.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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