“It feels like even prisoners have more human rights than we do.”

So says the unnamed obese British mother whose four children have been permanently removed for being too fat. To what lengths did Big Brother go? And how many hoops did the family jump? Unreal:

The couple were ordered to send their children to dance and football lessons and were given a three-month deadline to bring down their weight. When that failed, the children were placed in foster homes but were allowed to visit their parents.

After the couple objected to this arrangement, the council agreed to move them into a two-bedroom flat in a supported unit run by the Dundee Families Project. They insisted on the couple living with only three of their children at a time.

At meal times, a social worker stood in the room taking notes. Doctors raised concerns that the children put on weight whenever they spent time with their parents, a claim they vehemently denied.

The couple and their children also had to adhere to a strict 11pm curfew. This involved ‘clocking’ in and out by filling in a sheet held by an employee who lived on site.

I cannot imagine living under this kind of scrutiny for three years. Curfew? Supervised meals? Forced ballet and football. This more than any other gives the best example of what happens when government runs amok:

Although the children’s weight was the major concern, other allegations were included in a report. It showed that social workers were worried when the youngest child was found crawling unsupervised. The parents point out they were never far away and the flat had no stairs.

The crime of crawling unsupervised.

When the government controls the healthcare system, the government has reason and cause to control your lives: after all, if you’re too fat, it costs more money. This is a cautionary tale, not of the terrible quality of “free healthcare for all,” but of the intervention a nanny-state.

H/t: Hot Air headlines.

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7 Responses

  1. Makes me shudder. And here’s one a little closer to home:

    http://bikewalktn.blogspot.com/2011/08/arrested-for-riding-bike-to-school.html

    It’s enough to make a mommy paranoid sometimes

    Linda

    • Re the paranoia: I know. I wonder when the powers that be will decide homeschooling doesn’t cut it. Or a family’s choice of religion. That one foster couple in England was denied the right to foster any more kids because of their religion–too intolerant.

      • We were just discussing this at home. We teach our children – gasp – abstinence and the quaint “wait until marriage.” I wonder when that will be deemed child endangerment?

  2. […] Nope; Parents of seven told: Your children are too fat, so you will never see them again   […]

  3. Forced ballet and football, eh? And they wonder why the kids aren’t losing weight? Any first year gym instructor could tell you that muscle weighs more than fat.

  4. Some people are just ‘big’, and nothing they do changes that. Recent studies show that heavy people who are active are no less healthy than their lighter counterparts!
    I have been tiny all of my life, and I married a thin man, and my kids are lean (although they eat like there’s no tomorrow) – that doesn’t necessarily mean that I am a better (or worse) mom that the heavy woman whose kids have large builds!
    Everyone is a protected class under leftism, and it is practically a crime to criticize them, EXCEPT for fat people and Christians (especially Catholics), you can do whatever you want to them and nobody will say boo to you.
    You’re right, PJ Mom, this IS what our future will be here under big nanny state health care. It would give Orwell nightmares!
    That poor family.
    Also, ‘unsupervised crawling’? WTF? The big nannies should be delighted that the baby crawls, it’s exercise!

  5. Unsupervised crawling?

    Hoh! Would they get their knickers in a wad if they saw the supervised shenanigans and hijinks that my two year old indulges in!

    And I guess they’d have a reason to – flinging one’s self off of things in wild abandon may indeed lead to a broken bone* – and that costs money! Sedate the kid!

    Unreal indeed.

    *worst injury to date: jammed pinky – which reined in some of the crazies for a while. Natural consequences at its finest. No nanny needed.

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