Can you be too fat to adopt?

January 12, 2009 12:07pm CST
This man has been rejected as a potential adopter as his body mass index is too high! Whilst single mothers and lesbians are allowed to adopt, a heterosexual couple with a 'fat' man cannot! Is this fair? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7823707.stm
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• United States
12 Jan 09
This council makes it clear that its concern is for the "long term" care of the child. When concidering the child's best interest, it seems reasonable to want potentially adoptive parents to be in good health. While being in generally good health is no guarantee for a long life, it is generally accepted that being grossly overweight significantly shortens ones life span. Thinking of the childs long term care certainly makes one ask: how long is this particular adoptive parent likely to live, or be healthy enough to care for this child, or will the parent have the resources to care for the child or will those resources be used for the parent's health issues.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
12 Jan 09
No, that isn't fair! There are too many kids needing homes to refuse to allow fat people to adopt.
@bamakelly (5193)
• United States
12 Jan 09
I think that is a shame to turn down a person with a high body mass index. There are a lot of laws out there that I don't agree with. Maybe there is just concern for his healthy and how he will care properly for the child in question. Wanting to adopt a child is a respectable thing though for this man to want in his life.