Take Obese Children from Their Parents?

By Megan McArdle

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.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/07/take-obese-children-from-their-parents/241877/