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From the ever-interesting Spiked comes this true tale of state-sponsored terrorism against two parents from New Mexico whose daughter, Anamarie Martinez-Regino, become abnormally tall and heavy in her first three years. Despite desperate cooperation with medical authorities, the state ended up taking the girl away from the parents for a spell and placing her on restrictive diets and, effectively, putting her parents under total surveillance. A snippet:

Anamarie's saga helps reveal the lengths to which state power can be deployed in America today in the prosecution of the war on fat. Adela Martinez-Regino and Miguel Regino cannot allow their child to eat a spoonful of ice cream, or a piece of candy, or to drink a glass of fruit juice, without running a very real risk of having their child taken away from them once again. They and Ana live under this remarkably repressive regimen not because there is any medical evidence that it will protect their daughter's health, but simply because it gives the authorities a false but comforting sense that they are 'doing something' about what is, for them, a profoundly disturbing sight - the sight of an unusually large child.

Whole thing here. The August-September issue of Reason--on sale now--features a cover story titled, "The War on Fat: Is the size of your butt the government's business?"

If you subscribed to the mag that's been called "a fresh and nuanced antidote…[to] smash-mouth, left vs. right political discourse" and "the Redbook of the libertarian political movement," you'd already be getting the skinny on the war on fat. And you'd be enjoying the Sir Mix-A-Lot-inspired cover that at least one discriminating reader has called "brilliant."