So apparently these are the kinds of kids that the government wants to take custody of these days. The question has to be asked, how is this going to benefit him overall?

Sure, he’ll probably benefit physically, but how would taking him away from his family, purely on the grounds of obesity, do anything but damage him emotionally? It’s not like it’s an intractable problem, nor is the mother blind to it. I guarantee it’ll be cheaper and ultimately more humane to sort it out with the child still at home, rather than go through the whole care system. Threatening the mother when the child is losing weight is just plain bullying.

If the child goes into care, it is just as much a sign that the community has failed as it is that the mother has failed. It didn’t need to come to this.