From the Wall Street Journal, Obesity Fuels Custody Fights, Ex-Spouses Hurl Accusations in Court About Their Kids' Nutrition and Exercise:
The issue is surfacing more often partly because obesity numbers have risen and the public is becoming more aware of the health dangers related to being overweight, according to lawyers surveyed by TotalAttorneys.com, an attorney-referral service. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17%, or about 12.5 million, of the nation's children and teens are obese. Since 1980, according to CDC statistics, obesity rates have nearly tripled.
Art: Madonna and Child, Giulio Romano, ca. 1530-40