Putting Obese Kids In Foster Care Will Help Them Lose Weight

07.13.11 | Sarah Harnisch

The American Medical Association has released a highly controversial opinion piece in their medical journal. It says that putting overweight kids in foster care will help them lose weight. Author Dr. David Ludwig says it would be lifesaving for excessively obese children -- especially teens that are 350 or 450 pounds. He says, "Placement into a foster environment with just three square meals a day, a snack or two,and access to regular, gentle physical activity can sometimes lead to dramatic weight loss." The article blames parents for their children's extreme weight, and says there needs to be state intervention.