Parents-of-seven may lose their children for being obese

Social services may put couple’s obese children up for adoption after they fail to bring their weights under control


A Scottish mum and dad of seven, have been told they may lose their four youngest children after failing to respond to warnings from social services about their weights.


The mum and dad were given three months to bring their children’s weights down, but when they failed, the children were taken into foster care. After doctors noticed that the children gained weight whenever they visited their parents, suggestions have been made to remove the children from the family permanently and put them up for adoption.

“We might not be perfect parents, but we love our children with all our hearts,” said the 42-year-old mum, who cannot be named. “To face a future where we will never see them again is unbearable.”

The couple’s 15-year-old daughter added, “The social workers should hang their heads. My parents are good people and they love us all. The little ones don’t know what is about to happen to them.”

“We have tried very hard to do everything that was asked of us,” explained the children’s dad. “My wife has cooked healthy foods like home-made Spaghetti Bolognese and mince and potatoes but nothing we’ve done has ever been enough.”

The 3-year-old child is already thought to weigh four stone, while the eldest boy, 12, is believed to tip the scales around 16 stone.

Dundee City Council has explained that it cannot comment on the case in question specifically but said that “children would not be removed from a family environment just because of a weight issue.”

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