A father who weighs 360 pounds claims has lost custody of his two sons – after a doctor told the courts he was too overweight to take care of them.
The 38-year-old man, from Ottawa, Canada, lost his year-long court battle to keep his sons, aged five and six, on Wednesday.
A judge ruled the boys would be put up for adoption, claiming the man would have struggled to keep up with his daily weight-loss program as well as caring for his the children.
It came after a doctor found the man could not keep up with the ‘energetic’ children during a court-ordered assessment of his health.
The boys were put in foster care last year, when the man’s ex-wife was hospitalised for a mental breakdown and suspected overdose.
The man, who cannot be named under the Child and Family Services Act, had not seen either of his them for more than a year.
In that time, he has lost 150 pounds, he said.
Superior Court Justice M. James ruled: ‘(The father’s) weight loss regime is itself a full-time job. So is parenting two high-needs children. One will inevitably have to give ground to the other.’
He said his decision was also based upon the man’s former marijuana use and documented violent outbursts.