Two overweight children, aged 17 and 13, have been taken into care over fears that their failure to lose a few pounds is damaging their health. District Judge Gillian Ellis ruled that the boy aged 17 and the girl, aged 13, must live with a foster family because otherwise ‘their health needs will continue to be neglected and they will continue to put on weight.
Apparently, the ruling is the first to have been public, and the children have been removed from their family homes because of concerns of obesity.
Even though social workers had provided them with Fitbits, gym membership, and courses at Weight Watchers, the teenagers failed to lose weight.
As per the Sussex Family Court, the children’s mother had ‘failed to instill in the children habits of healthy eating, exercise, and good self-care. Instead, the children had only been given ‘crisps and ice creams, which she kept in the house.
This is what Judge Ellis stated:
“I accept what she says about the difficulty of compelling teenagers to act in a certain way but, clearly, had these habits been encouraged and modeled to the children from an early age, no element of compulsion would now arise. The children had failed to engage consistently in exercise…The mother blamed lockdown but exercise could still be taken in the home or by walking outside. The attendance of the family at Weight Watchers had been inconsistent.”
The judge added that she’s aware this is a serious, life-changing order, and one with which many people may disagree. However, she noted that she’s satisfied that this order is both necessary and proportionate for both children given the serious and lifelong risks posed to their physical and mental health if nothing is done to change their lifestyle.
Source: Daily Mail