An increasing proportion of US children are so severely obese as to be at immediate risk for life-threatening complications including type 2 diabetes. Some will become candidates for treatment at newly established pediatric surgical weight loss programs throughout the country. As an alternative approach, involvement of state protective services might be considered, including placement into foster care in carefully selected situations. Ultimately, government can reduce the need for such interventions through investments in the social infrastructure and policies to improve diet and promote physical activity among children.
Severe obesity in children -- is that a form of child abuse? Should the state step in and save these kids from their parents?
David... you're so not looking at the big picture.
If this current trend continues, a whole generation or two will be lost.
Considering that we are globally competing against India and China who so far DON'T suffer this epidemic, we will fall farther behind in almost every aspect.
These next generations will become a major burden on our health care system. Prevention is needed now not later when it will most likely NOT work. Cheaper to fix it now then to let it cripple the entire economy at a later date.
But then I asked myself how I would feel about it if a parent were starving their kid. That's pretty darn abusive. Is this maybe just the flip side of that?
boomerang wrote:Good point.But then I asked myself how I would feel about it if a parent were starving their kid. That's pretty darn abusive. Is this maybe just the flip side of that?
Wouldn't it make more sense to require the parents to attend
nutriention classes or something like that.