Allow Overweight Father Custody of His Children

Target: Royal Ottawa Hospital’s family court clinic

Goal: Overturn the decision to disallow an overweight father custody of his sons.

A 38-year old Canadian father who used to weigh over 500 pounds has not been able to regain custody of his two young sons, who he hasn’t seen in a year. The children are in foster care after they were taken away from their mother when she had a suspected drug overdose and mental breakdown. Among some past legal concerns, the main reason the father has not been able to get custody of his children is that he is too obese and will not be able to keep up with the children, ages five and six.

During the span of the custody battle, the father has lost 160 pounds, and has plans to lose more. He is also planning a hunger strike at Parliament Hill, now that his children are to be adopted out. He doesn’t believe that weight should affect his ability to parent.

Weight is fast becoming an issue in family courts. Children have been taken away from their parents for being obese, and this recent case shows that parents are also losing custody of their children for being too overweight. Now, any parent has to worry that their children will be taken away if they gain too much weight, even though it has no effect on their ability to parent.

By signing the petition below, you are asking the Royal Ottawa Hospital to overturn their decision and give this father custody of his sons. Tell them that weight is not a factor in someone’s ability to be a parent, and that by not allowing a father to take his children home, they are threatening other parents with the fear of losing their children.


Dear Royal Ottawa Hospital’s family court clinic,

Weight affects health, but it does not affect a person’s ability to parent. The 38-year old father who lost custody of his two sons because it was believed he would not be able to keep up with his children truly loves his sons, but hasn’t seen them in over a year, and will not be allowed to take them home. These children were removed from their mother’s home after a suspected drug overdose and mental breakdown.

Clearly, a home where drugs are being used by a child’s guardian is not the best place for children to live, but neither is it good to take children away from a loving home and parent. This father has worked hard to lose 160 pounds over the course of the past year and plans to lose more, which only shows how committed he is to being a good father for his children.

These children should not be adopted out when they already have a loving father to take them in. There are so many other children who are not so lucky and who could find homes with the families who would adopt these two boys. I am asking you to give these children back to their father, and don’t demonstrate to other parents how easy it is to lose their children due to their weight.


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