When Mum doesn’t always know best


Stories like this are utterly baffling to me.  How can someone be a bad parent for being the wrong size?  I’m sure that there’s more to the story than this.  And if it’s any consolation, the chances are that the kids would’ve been removed from an anorexic mother too. 

This reminds me of the only obese Japanese mother that I know, who is incidentally one of the loveliest people that I know.  She originally showed up at a Little Piggies open house, and although the other mothers were extremely kind and welcoming as always, she was discouraged by their sleek figures and perfectly made-up faces (she’s one of those rare woman who believes that it’s more important to be a mother than to look like a screen siren).  So, she asked me to give her private English lessons at her home in a mountainside town in Kobe, and I’ve been going there every two weeks.  I really like her, and through interacting with her and her little boy, it’s obvious to me what a wonderful mother she is.  The thought that the government would ever take her baby away because of her weight, just breaks my heart.  Fortunately such a thing would never happen in Japan.  But give it time.


4 comments on “When Mum doesn’t always know best

  1. Petra says:


    If they tried to do that in the US, they would need facilities the size of a state to hold all the children taken away from their parents.

    Could they not just have the whole family go through some kind of education or awareness program regarding their eating habits? That certainly would be cheaper than placing all these kids into state funded care – not to mention the mental anguish in both children and parents and the scars left by that.

    Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.

  2. Miko says:

    I agree, and I think the move was too drastic, but I also think that there has to be more to the story than that – surely they aren’t the only obese family in the UK?

    Anyway, talk about a nanny state. I thought Japan was bad. Speaking of which: I’ve successfully managed to avoid my mandatory waistline checks so far! I can hold out until next spring, when my cancer-check coupons expire and the government may or may not decide to issue me with new ones (possibly depending upon my compliance with the waistline check, although I hope not). I don’t know what will happen after that.

  3. Karen says:

    I really doubt this could happen in the US. The ACLU would jump in and perhaps other groups. I think it’s way over the top to take their children away. Miko, I think you’re right that there must be more to the story.

  4. Jeni says:

    I think it is ridiculous too. I agree it is not great to be so large but honestly you can’t take kids away from everyone who is less than perfect. After all, part of the obesity thing is the genetic factor and nobody can help their genes.

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