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July 14, 2011 - 6:41 am

Harvard’s Associate Professor of Tyranny and It Takes a Village, Dr. David Ludwig:

“In severe instances of childhood obesity, removal from the home may be justifiable, from a legal standpoint, because of imminent health risks and the parents’ chronic failure to address medical problems,” Ludwig co-wrote with Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and researcher at Harvard’s School of Public Health.

Of course. Interestingly, a dissenting voice of liberty from … Yale:

Dr. David Katz, founder of the Yale Prevention Center, said that there is no evidence that the state would do a better job of feeding children than their parents.

That’s part of it, the other being: there is no evidence that one man has the goddam right to take another’s kids. One family that had to endure the nightmare scenario proposed by Ludwig has spoken up:

In a case that shocked many people across the country, 3-year-old Anamarie Regino, weighing 90 pounds, was taken from her outraged parents by government officials and placed in foster care.

“Literally, it was two months of hell. It seemed like the longest two months of my life,” mother Adela Martinez said.

As it turned out, it was two unnecessary months of hell. Anamarie didn’t improve at all in foster care, and she was returned to her parents. The young girl was later diagnosed with a genetic predisposition.

“They say it’s for the well-being of the child but it did more damage that any money or therapy could ever to do to fix it,” Martinez said.

Anamarie, who is now 14, agreed.

“It’s not right, what [Dr. Ludwig] is doing, because to get better you need to be with your family, instead of being surrounded by doctors,” she said.

David Steinberg is the New York City Editor of PJ Media. Follow his tweets at @DavidSPJM.
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