Is It Child Obesity or Child Abuse?

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Child obesity has been steady on the rise. Is it child obesity or a form of child abuse? There are instances that children become overweight due to health issues, medicines, or genetics. However, more often than not parents are a major contributing factor. Society is in such a rush to get things done in our hectic lives that we tend to shove our kids in front of the television with a fast food, sugary sodas, and fattening snacks. Considering the side effects of obesity, are we being abusive by contributing or even encouraging this kind of eating habit? Statistics show that excessive weight in children and youth is linked to earlier as well as higher death rates when a child reaches adulthood. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona put it well when he said, “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents." According to the CDC obesity rates in 2003–06 showed approximately 17% that’s around 12.5 million children and adolescents between the age of 2 and 19 years old are obese. This is triple the numbers that were observed in 1980. Hispanic males accounted for 40.8 percent of obese and had higher BMI (body mass index) then American Caucasian males. One reason, obesity is abuse is that as parents we have an obligation to protect children to be the decision makers in a child’s life. So when a child starts to show signs of obesity we are obligated to seek medical advice and follow any suggestions, diets, or exercise regiments. Obesity isn't something that has just popped up it is old news. When these suggestions are blatantly ignored, it is then that it becomes abuse. In 2008, the Child Welfare League of America reported that many state courts have expanded their definition of medical neglect to include morbid obesity and then ruled that certain children were victims of neglect because of...
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