The pompous and self righteous pioneers of our ever expanding nanny state have discovered a new humanitarian emergency out among the great unwashed barbarians of middle America: parents are letting their kids get fat. The plan is that in “extreme” cases, social workers and other licensed professionals will take obese kids from their homes and place them in foster care. Therapists and obesity experts will “counsel” the offending parents in mandatory sessions. Presumably if they abase themselves deeply enough and convince the nanny state mandarins that their self-criticism is sincere, the reformed and repenting parents will be allowed to have their kids back again. If they behave. One upside of the financial crisis is that this kind of foolishness is likely to die in its tracks.