Obese kids gone Rampant in USA!

Should parents/guardians of obese kids be penalized? (20lbs & up overweight, which is being lenient)
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  • its a form of child abuse so yes I think there should be some kind of punishment, I don't understand that parents are protective of their kids in so many ways but feeding them to an early grave and life of diabetes isn't something that something they protect them against. I understand healthy food is expensive and a lot of people complain they can't afford it, bullsh*t a healthy veggie noodle soup cost like 6 bucks to make and it will last for days yet they insist on putting 5 bags of cheetos in their cart instead. I think it isn't so much about the money as everyone says I think its more about getting take away is quicker and you don't have to cook.

    And kids do too little these days, I understand an activity or sport is expensive but its the best for the kid feel that they are good at something and a place to stay active and socialize. But the fatter a kid get the less they are going to move cause joints will hurt and they will be out of breath and that won't happen when you sit in front of the TV playing video games.

    My dad was very strict when it came to food, he put the steamed broccoli on your plate and if you fussed about it and didn't eat it you wouldn't get any dessert. We ate it cuse no one could pass on the peach pie. But I was the only kid I'm my class that love veggies after being used to it as a kid. I'm still haven't met someone that can enjoy a sallad for dinner. So I think my dad did a good think eventhough he blackmailed us with peach pie.

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  • Nope. I'd guess you'd have to mandate child safety locking mechanisms on all refrigerators and pantry doors if you did that... Might need to force grocery stores to start carding kids when they try to buy ice cream or cookies. How ridiculous do you want to get on this? Law suit: Concerned Parent vs. Nabisco, failure to sell Oreos in child safe containers... Tumbling down the rabbit hole. =P

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    • Oh come on, it's a matter of parents/guardians controlling kids food portions also offering healthier food choices. Just balance it out.

    • I do think parents should be a positive influence on their children, and help them to make good decisions, but I don't think they should be penalized if their kid doesn't met BMI standardization. Kids aren't cattle to be delivered on time with a contract weight before slaughter. They're little autonomous trouble makers that will raid the cookie jar even when told not to. =P I don't think you should regulate the amount of food or type of food people can choose to eat. It's a slippery slope when

    • you start taking away people's freedoms. Another thing you may want to consider is that cheap foods are generally bad for you and cause you to gain weight. People living at the bottom many times have to live with what they can afford, and sometimes that means their children have to get their calories from the worst types of foods. This can cause them to gain fat. If you want to give the poor a hard time even more, you're on the right track.

  • Yes they should be punished but before the punishment the authority must look into various factors like

    1. Genetics (history and if they have endeavored to control the weight gain)

    2. Medical history (to ensure it's not due to medication and / or surgery etc)

    3. Any other reasons that create obesity that cannot be controlled

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  • And who the heck gives anyone authority to punish anyone for bad habits when every single person in this world have bad habits too? People ought to first look at themselves and their flaws before they go and look onto someone else's flaws. Frigging hypocritical!

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  • No, they shouldn't be penalized. What right does anyone have to penalize them? Also, have in mind that not everyone can afford healthy food, unhealthy meals are often much cheaper and so as a result, more people buy them, resulting in obesity. People ought to be more empathetic towards others.

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  • We seem to breed ignorance in our country...and apathy. Until those two things get fixed, I doubt our obesity problem is going to go away. Parents should'nt be penalized, I don't think, though. Fines for the parent would lead to things like abuse/neglect for the child... Cause tension between that parent and child. Bad things would come of it.

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  • uhm...no should people 20 pounds underweight be penalized...?

    I like the idea of free will...let people deal with there own problems.

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  • Lol no... not at all.

    There should be plenty of activities available to the kids though. That's the problem. So much funding being cut to such activities for public schools and whatnot.

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    • Let's not forget: "Stay active! To make sure you stay active, here's 250 math problems."

    • Ya you do realize education payment is more than just math or English sh*t right? It's also the various after school programs. Many of which are physical activity focused.

  • A lot needs to change. The cost of fresh fruits and vegetable need to lower. The cost of good healthy bread that will provide more nutrients, and keep you fuller longer should not be double the price of white bread. Junk food is always on sale. When your poor money needs to go a long aay.Sports aren't very affordable either. There should be a lot more fun activities for both parents and kids to do. Maybe some cooking classes to do that show you how to cook healthy dinners on a budget. Obesity maybe a form of abuse but many more children are in the care of drug addicts, alcoholics. That goes unnoticed for years. All they do is go to rehab facility and get clean. What do obease people have when food is their addiction? They need help too not punishment.

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  • USA has to much food, yes to much bad food that is to easy to get.

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  • They should share the responsibility of the child's health but not punished. They can't be punished any more than parents of drug addicts can be punished.

    At some point, the kid has free will and can choose how much they want to eat.

    As long as the kid has the opportunity available to be active and play outside and isn't being forced to stay in, it wouldn't be seen as cruelty.

    I do think that the kids should be tested for malnutrition and if they are found to be malnourished (you can be fat and be malnourished) then take corrective action.

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    • Most parents of drug addicts aren't buying them the drugs.

    • They provide them money for rent, food, sometimes drugs to keep them out of withdrawal.

      Anyways, my point is, you can't punish the parent's because at some point, the kid has free will. If the kid isn't malnourished, there couldn't be a lawsuit.

      They may be putting their kid at risk for diabetes and other health issues (im studying to be a dietitian, I know that is true) however, the comparison would be faulting parents for doing this that may or may not eventually lead to psychological issues.

  • Eat, but exercise is also important. Walk a lot, don't use a car. I am a walkaholic and walk one hour every day to work.

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  • I think it depends on the age of the child and the child's genetics.

    At a young age, the child's eating habits are the parents' responsibility. But when they get older, it's the kid's own doing rather than their parents' when they are overweight.

    Genetics should be taken into account because it's harder for some people to be fit than others. If the whole family has that medical history, it's not really the kids' or the parents' fault.

    And if the parents of kids who are overweight are getting penalized, parents of kids who are underweight should be also.

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  • to note +40lbs overweight is considered to be obese not 20lbs.

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  • That's ridiculous to punish people for that

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  • or just give them the right kinds of food..

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  • somebody likes socialism/communism/dictatorships/insert any nanny-state word that thinks people need the government to take care of them.

    maybe the fat kids should be allowed to be bullied/insulted/made to feel different by their peers that aren't obese...then the fatties would know that they are making bad choices & should put down the fork... ...

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    • I like your answer

    • well thank you

    • "somebody likes socialism/communism/dictatorships/insert any nanny-state word that thinks people need the government to take care of them."

      Do you understand there are too many stupid people in the country that would just allow their children to get diabetes, then run up your taxes? Do you want that to happen? Also, think about it. A large sum of Americans could DIE from weight-related diseases. High obesity rates and high death rates can effect society as a whole.

  • :P another 0 star question from you. Parents need to be better parents and nobody can legislate someone to be a better person.

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  • Shut up. You're probably on the Michelle Obama bandwagon.

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    • Oh ya down vote. I forgot this site is Obamaville.

    • lol, and still you bring it up.

    • 2 party system in America, Sponge Bob. I can say whatever I want and I am going to laugh my balls off when Obama loses.

  • Letting kids get really fat is just as bad as starving them. Both of them are child abuse!

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