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Body shape is a crime now?

Posted by c. wagner on November 6, 2009

I’m sorry, but stories like this piss me off.

No. I’m not sorry. Not sorry at all.

This is cruel and unusual crap. Especially coming from what’s supposed to be a modern, enlightened government.

Social workers have moved to take into care a baby born to an obese mother.

The mother — who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the children — gave birth by Caesarean section last week in a Dundee hospital but was told within 24 hours that she would not be allowed to keep the baby.

She has already had the youngest of her six children, aged 3 and 4, removed from her care because social workers feared that they were at risk of becoming obese. The 40-year-old mother weighed 23 stone [322 pounds] before falling pregnant.

The UK has been pulling this sort of shit for years and it never fails to boil my blood. Taking kids away from parents because the kids are “too fat”? This is the most egregious case I’ve seen yet. The kids are taken away because “they were at risk of becoming obese”. At risk. At risk. They weren’t “too fat”. They were taken away because they might, someday, maybe, possibly be “too fat”.

The story of the 3- and 4-year-olds is equally rage-inspiring.

Ms Price [the family’s lawyer] said that social workers acted after a series of small incidents, including one where care workers judged that the mother could not move quickly enough to take the youngest child down from a window-sill, despite the window being closed.

What! The! Fuck!

I’m sorry, there’s no way you could judge that just based on weight. My weight is fairly similar to the mom in the story and I can outsprint my skinny girlfriend across the yard, not just across the house. And I have better reaction time. A baby on a windowsill would be safer with my fat ass around than being left alone with my girlfriend. And I don’t even like babies.

Time for me to take cooling-down lap around the house. Razzafrazzafatfearinggovernmentfundedpeanutbraineddumbasses. Grrr.

Read about the baby from the Times Online.

Read about the two kids from the Times Online.

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