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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:12 PM

360lbs father 'loses custody of two sons because judge rules he's too fat

A father who weighs 360 pounds claims has lost custody of his two sons - after a doctor told the courts he was too overweight to take care of them.

The 38-year-old man, from Ottawa, Canada, lost his year-long court battle to keep his sons, aged five and six, on Wednesday.

A judge ruled the boys would be put up for adoption, claiming the man would have struggled to keep up with his daily weight-loss program as well as caring for his the children.

It came after a doctor found the man could not keep up with the 'energetic' children during a court-ordered assessment of his health.

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In that time, he has lost 150 pounds, he said.

Superior Court Justice M. James ruled: '(The fatherís) weight loss regime is itself a full-time job. So is parenting two high-needs children. One will inevitably have to give ground to the other.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2162766/Obese-dad-Ottawa-losing-custody-battle-sons-hes-fat.html#ixzz1z1hQKyfi


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Reply 360lbs father 'loses custody of two sons because judge rules he's too fat (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2012 OP
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pnwmom Jun 2012 #3
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pnwmom Jun 2012 #8
leftynyc Jun 2012 #2
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malaise Jun 2012 #4
LeftyMom Jun 2012 #5

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:18 PM

1. do they take kids away from people in comas? wheelchairs?

the article does mention "violent outbursts". THAT's potentially a very good reason to remove kids, but the article also says he's never actually hurt them.

the real question is, what's so bad about keeping them in foster care until he loses more weight?

hopefully there's more to it than one can glean from the short article.

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Response to unblock (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:02 PM

3. A violent outburst can hurt a child, even if not physically.

Emotional scars can run just as deep.

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Response to pnwmom (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:40 PM

6. agreed, and emotional abuse doesn't even need involve violence.

calmly telling a child they're worthless can be tremendously damaging.

my point was that one can only hope the court's actions were based on this aspect more than the weight, and that the weight was merely something that the father and/or the media latched on to.

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Response to unblock (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:44 PM

8. I agree completely. I hope the judge didn't base the decision

on the father's weight, but on real and serious parenting issues.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 04:22 PM

2. Adoption? The government

of Canada force him to give up his kids like that? Even if I think it sucks, how about foster care until he loses the weight?

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:41 PM

7. they've been in foster care for a year, during which the father lost 150 lbs.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:04 PM

4. This is bullshit

Absolute bullshit

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:12 PM

5. It's the Daily Mail.

Therefore it's a safe bet they've left out details or slanted the story for maximum outrage. Please find a better source before getting wound up.

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