Monday, January 12, 2009
Bizarre Mommy News: Couple Denied Adoption Due to Weight
"A married couple has spoken of its shock after being turned down to adopt on the grounds that one of them is too fat.
Damien and Charlotte Hall approached Leeds City Council in West Yorkshire, England, about adoption after discovering that they were unable to have children of their own.
They were told that Hall’s size, at 6-foot-1, 343 pounds, made him morbidly obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 42.
In a letter, the council told the couple his BMI must be below 40 before the couple could be considered as potential parents because of a risk he could become ill or even die.
“I am writing to confirm that we are unable to progress an application from you at this time. This is due to the concerns that the medical advisers have expressed regarding Mr. Hall’s weight,” the council wrote.
The couple, who have been married for 11 years, said they felt the ruling was harsh.
“The bottom line is I’m too fat. I just feel as though we were only judged on my weight and not all the other good things about us," said Hall, 37, who works in a call center.
“We don’t drink or smoke and we could give a child a happy and safe home.”
BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat and health risks. If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, you're considered in a healthy weight range for your height. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you're considered overweight. And, if the figure is 30 or greater, you're considered obese, according to the Mayo Clinic."
I know my opinion is not always the most popular, but I think that when there are kids out there in orphanages, denying people adoption for these kind of reasons is ridiculous! And don't get me started on denying adoption due to race or homosexuality. Ask the children whether they'd rather be stuck in an orphanage or having a loving home with a gay couple. RIDICULOUS! Sure, this man's weight might slow him down, but that doesn't mean he's going to die tomorrow or that he will love the child any less. Bogus.