A Canadian father may lose custody of his kids. Not because he’s a bad dad, an alcoholic or an abusive parent. Nope. The court may rule against him because he’s fat. It’s a discriminatory case, to say the least, that raises all sorts of controversy. And rightly so.
The 38-year-old father of two–who must remain anonymous under Canada’s Child and Family Services Act, weighs 360 pounds. His kids were removed from his ex-wife’s custody when she reportedly had a mental breakdown and was treated for a suspected overdose. Since last year, they have been living in foster care. And now this man wants them back, but his weight may prevent that from happening.
He told CTV News:
I’m waiting on [a] decision to be handed down by family court if I’ll ever see my children again. One of the reasons they used is because I was too fat, and couldn’t keep up with my children.
The person responsible for that opinion was a doctor–of all people, who claims that the dad’s weight may not make him a competent parent:
(The father) has struggled with obesity for years, which impacts significantly on most aspects of his life including (his) functioning as a parent.
The doctor went on to state:
He was short of breath or winded in simply walking short distances about the clinic and he lacks both the mobility and stamina required to keep up with young and active children.
If this makes you mad, it should.
What kind of narrow-minded people would actually believe that this has any relevance to being a good parent? There are plenty of thin people who are crappy parents, so let’s not discriminate here and assume that just because someone is overweight that they are a bad dad. If that were the case, we’d probably have to go around to the two-thirds of American households where an adult is overweight and take their kids away if they have any.
Oh, and then we should also find any parents who drink, smoke, don’t exercise, eat junk food, are addicted to pain pills and any other unhealthy habit and take their kids away too, right? It’s just ridiculous and has no basis to how much a parent can love and raise a child.
By the way, this dad has already been taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle. He once weighed over 525 pounds, but has since lost 165 of them since the custody battle started. Not that that should matter to the court.
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