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Fat kids as 'neglect' victims, you get to keep 'em

Fat kids as 'neglect' victims

Wave goodbye to your chubby children!

They're not losing weight... and they're not off to camp. If researchers have their way, obese kids could be deemed neglect victims -- and taken from their homes by the Fat Police.

I can't help but wonder how many parents would actually be relieved. Some might even volunteer their kids. Think of all the money they'll save on groceries!

A new study in the British Medical Journal says obesity should be treated like physical or mental abuse -- and parents who are unwilling to help their children lose weight should have their kids taken away and put into foster care.

But there's just one problem with this plan: Where the heck are we going to put all these tubby little neglect victims? With a third of all U.S. kids now overweight and nearly 20 percent of them obese, we'd run out of foster homes before you could say "McNuggets."

Here's a better punishment: If you're raising obese kids, you get to keep 'em -- and they'll remain your legal dependent and financial responsibility until you do the job right, no matter how long it takes.

I hope you didn't have plans for junior's bedroom. He's not going anywhere anytime soon.

Putting parents back in charge,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
Boren's Laws of the Bureaucracy: 1. When in doubt, mumble. 2. When in trouble, delegate. 3. When in charge, ponder.
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