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Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Should weight be a determining factor in removing children from their homes?


scale.jpgAn Ottawa man's children have been removed from his custody and will be placed for adoption because of the father's weight. According to the CBC News report, a parent's obesity can be a factor to determine a person's "fitness" to parent. Despite a 180 lb. weight loss, according to the unnamed father he is still being judged because he weighs over 300 pounds.

Obesity has been a factor in other cases, such as this case of a Cleveland, OH child, where it was the child's weight that targeted the family for child protection intervention.

What are your thoughts? Should weight be a factor in a child's removal and termination of parental rights?


Overweight will cause heart desease especially heart attack, maybe that is one of the reasons the authority was considering just in case if the father were to suffer one and die, no one will be taking care of the kid.

I don't think that the child's custody should be judged according to the weight of the guardians or parents. This should be judged according to the health of the child actually.

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