Man, Wife Lose Weight in Order to Adopt Baby Girl
LOS ANGELES (AP) Months of rigid dieting paid off Friday for an overweight man and wife when they gained permission to adopt a 1-year-old girl they have raised from birth:
After shedding 159 pounds between them, they vowed to keep on dieting “until we get down to a decent size.”
“I’m too happy to say anything,” said Mrs. Bernice Sherman, 37, as she blinked back tears after a closed hearing in which Superior Judge Ben Koenig approved the adoption.
“It was a long struggle,” concluded her husband, Frank, 39, “but it paid off,”
Three months ago, Koenig ordered the Shermans… to show they could lose more weight before he would allow them to keep the child.
They weighed 320 and 250 pounds then and had been watching calories since last November 27, when they weighed 369 and 281. After hearing Koenig’s ruling they stepped up their dieting.
At Friday’s court session, Sherman, a truck driver, weighed 277 and his wife 214. Between them they had lost 79 pounds since April alone.
“We make no further objections to this adoption,” announced Walter A. Heath, director of the adoption bureau, His agency had opposed their petition to adopt little Janet when they came before him April 8.
The Shermans were told then because of their excess weight they “might not live to be good parents.” But a doctor examined them and said they both were healthy, and “they could outlive us all.”
Monday, November 17, 2008
When Fat Hatred, Emotional Blackmail, and a God-Complex Meet...
... you get this result as evidenced by the story below, taken from an issue of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, dated 23 July 1960. Without further comment: