Bioethicist discusses targeting parents of obese children

Bioethicist discusses targeting parents of obese children
Parents of obese children should be targeted in an effort to deal with a serious national problem, according to a viewpoint piece published in the September issue of JAMA Pediatrics.

(HealthDay)—Parents of obese children should be targeted in an effort to deal with a serious national problem, according to a viewpoint piece published in the September issue of JAMA Pediatrics.

Daniel Callahan, Ph.D., from The Hastings Center in Garrison, New York, questions the acceptability of applying social pressure on parents to deal with their overweight or and examines whether parents can be told how to raise their children.

The author notes that parent choices are overruled in certain cases such as wearing , schooling children, and mandatory vaccinations. In specific cases, morbidly obese children have been removed from their parents' homes; often the parents were also obese or overweight and unable to change their own or their children's eating behavior. Only a minority of physicians mention to parents, possibly because the topic is sensitive, and particularly if the parents are obese or unaware of the issue. To deal with obese children and their parents, physicians must realize the severity and pervasiveness of childhood obesity, with about 20 percent of 2- to 19-year-olds categorized as obese. Furthermore, once established, often carries over into adulthood and is difficult to treat.

"I see no reason then not to apply social pressure on parents to do something about their obese children, and themselves in the process," Callahan writes.

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Sep 23, 2013
We need to remove children from Progressive families.

Sep 23, 2013
You're a fascist.

Sep 24, 2013
JG, calling me a fascist..... Lets see, progressives have no issues telling/forcing parents how to raise their children, progressives have no issues with using the IRS/DOJ/EPS to silence those against their agenda, progressives have no issues forcing those that disagree with the homosexual agenda to print/make flower arrangements/bake cakes for homosexual events, progressives have no issues with lying, cheating, stealing if it furthers their cause.

JohnGee you're a typical progressive, accusing others of the very thing you are guilty of. Problem for progressives is, more and more people are seeing through your lies.

Sep 25, 2013
Nope, actually they are seeing more and more that you and those like you are hell-bent on introducing true fascism to United States.

"[If fascism comes it will probably be] wrapped up in the American flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution."-James Waterman Wise, Jr., reported in a 1936 issue of The Christian Century

"When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled 'made in Germany'; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, 'Americanism.'"-Halford E. Luccock, in Keeping Life Out of Confusion (1938)

Sep 25, 2013
Well John Gee Progressives and Hitler have a lot in common. Wikipedia info on Goebbels sounds a lot like what progressives are doing now.

Replace jew with christian.

But then again, history shows where progressism leads.

Sep 25, 2013
I'm a Christian, and I think parents should be punished for having morbidly obese kids, except when the obesity is caused by an underlying medical condition not under their control, such as Cushings.

I don't know what BMI the cut-off should be for some form of punishment, but it should exist.

Suggestions include initially forfeiture of child tax credits or exemptions; reasoning being that if they can afford to over-feed a child to his or her own harm, then they can do so without government support.

Further steps would include some sort of fine, as well as misdemeanor or felony abuse/neglect charges for more extreme cases, as well as forfeiture of custody of the child.


I recommend Romans 13, for some informative, Biblical reading.

You know, while corrupt governments do exist, good governments exist to protect people from corrupt people; whether it's your neighbor, a stranger, or in this case a child's parents.

Sep 25, 2013
Luker when government starts interfering with raising of children in one area, what is to stop them from doing so in another.

While I agree that there are bad parents, the worst parent of them all is government.

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