Guess what parents? If you have a fat kid, Dr. David Ludwig of fat hating Harvard would like the state to take your child away and force them to diet. Dr. Ludwig is supposedly doing this out of the goodness of his heart. Those poor fat kids have evil or stupid parents and must be stopped! Dr. Ludwig's concerned because these fattie children are getting WLS when they should be in foster care. (I guess any other elective surgery is okay.)
So imagine you're a fat kid who genetically is bigger than most kids. (Only a minority of fat people are considered supersized but unfortunately when media portrays fat people, they are usually refering to someone supersized. But if you look at Kate Harding's BMI Project you'll see that what is considered "overweight" or "obese" or "Underweight" really don't match up to the label) Imagine that you are relentlessly teased in school outright by other children and underhandedly by adults. The school bombards you with messages such as OBESITY KILLS! or DESTROY ALL OBESITY (Okay, I made that second one up.) And when other kids aren't calling you fattie two by four, they are blaming you because pizza or cupcakes are no longer allowed at school.
So school sucks, but at least you can leave and go home to your loving parents. Until the state arbitrarily decides your fat ass is due to your parents' neglect, takes you from your loving home and puts you in foster care, forces you to diet and in the end, not only are you still fat but now you have been traumatized.
This happened to Anamarie Regino who was taken from her parents when she was three because she weighed 90lbs. (At the time, she could easily pass for a child who is 7 or 8). Yet in this fat hating obsessed society doctors didn't say "hey that's unusually for a three year old." They assumed her parents were feeding her ding-dongs all day. (BTW, if a parent was feeding ding-dongs all day to their thin child, there would be no state intervention.)
Marilyn Wann wrote a great article about this situation with a great quote that Dr. Ludwig needs to pay attention to: "What kind of choice is this for kids? We cut off your stomach or we cut you off from your family? That's the best advice a Harvard public health expert can offer?"
Yes, that is the best that they can offer. Health experts, routinely claim they "understand" fat isn't all about eating, but in the end, all they recommend is to diet.