There is no arguing that parents in Georgia love their children, but certain situations may cause parents to lose custody of their children. Recently, a piece appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggesting that parent's of extremely obese children should be subject to loss of child custody.

An obesity specialist says children are not being removed from their homes in an attempt to blame parents, but instead to give children a chance at a healthier life. Ideally, parents and children are reunited in a timely manner. Parents may also get instructions on how to better care for their children.

In the United States, about 2 million children are obese. These children are at risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. But is that enough to take a child from their family?

One opponent says parents are not the only people responsible for a child's eating habits. Marketing and advertisements can affect a child, as well peer pressure and bullying.

In one instance, a single mother lost custody of her 14-year-old son who weighed 555 pounds. She worked two jobs and often did not have time to cook. Instead, she would buy her son fast food. The boy has been living with his aunt who has the money to provide him with nutritious meals. He has lost more than 200 pounds.

One Georgia mother is the parent of an overweight 14-year-old. She understands how difficult it is to monitor a child's weight, especially since healthier foods cost more, but says that taking children from their parents is much too extreme.

Source: Lex18, "Should Parents Lose Custody Of Super Obese Kids?" Jan. 24, 2012