Family-law practitioners and legal experts say mothers and fathers in custody lawsuits are increasingly hurling accusations at each other about the nutrition and obesity of their children, largely in attempts to persuade judges that their kids are getting less-than-optimal care in the hands of ex- and soon-to-be-ex-spouses.
So says an article from the Wall Street Journal Online.
The evidence used to support the allegations varies. In some cases, it's a grossly overweight child. In others, it's evidence that soft drinks and potato chips make up a disproportionate part of a child's diet. In still others, it's that the other parent is too obese to perform basic child-rearing functions.
The bad diet of the child, and the lack of physical activity, those arguments I get. The part of the story that says parents are citing the obesity of their ex's as a disability compromising that plump parent's ability to care for the child. Hmmn. That's a challenging legal questions. If argued for the truly benevolent reason of trying to do what is best for the kids, then okay. But trying to deny the kids a parent because that parent ate a bit too much turkey at Thanksgiving? Nope I don't like it. And I don't think kids put their parents on a scale before they hand out their unconditional love.
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