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.