Matt Gurney: An obese father’s loss of his children should alarm us all

National Post | Full Comment

A man in Ottawa found out this week that his two sons, aged four and six, will be given up for adoption. He has not seen his sons in a year, and is estranged from his mentally troubled ex-wife, who had custody of the children but lost them after a nervous breakdown. They have spent years in foster care.

The father has certainly had some troubles of his own. He has a history of angry outbursts, and took anger management courses. He was a long-term marijuana addict (though now clean) and even operated a grow op. And, as has been widely reported, he is also severely obese. He currently weighs 380 lbs, down from 525 lbs.

His obesity and fitness were a key part of the ruling, a copy of which was obtained by the National Post, that he was unfit to be a father. Indeed, the court…

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