This was in the news this morning- a 555 lb 14 year old being taken away from his mom for neglect.
If this all goes through it will make childhood obesity a form of abuse. Do you think it is? Where would you draw the line? How do you think society needs to change to combat this problem?
Lets generate some discussion...
I personally think it is a type of neglect. A parents job is to teach their children qualities and skills that will translate into their functional adult life. If they dont know how to take care of themselves they will never make it in the adult world. This article mentioned this boy becoming a life-long disability case. Which is an added strain on all our tax monies.
I think food companies need to be held accountable for what is in their products. How are trans-fats, msg, aspartame, food colorings, etc still legal? They're banned in much of the world but ok here. I think thats where the government needs to get involved. But I also think education needs to happen. There's too much misinformation out there. We still tell our kids that beef jerky and milk are healthy snacks. Up until I started researching health for myself I drank a glass of milk with every meal- no wonder i had chronic sinusitis!