Local Governments Seek to Curb Obesity in Kids

February 13, 2015 11:20 PM

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Lawmakers in Puerto Rico are considering a bill that would fine the parents of obese children – an aggressive and controversial approach to a public health dilemma with which states and the federal government alike have struggled.

The bill, introduced Monday, would have teachers identify children who are obese and refer them to a counselor, who would help them come up with a diet and exercise plan. Kids would be monitored every four weeks for improvement. If, after six months, the child does not lose weight, the parents can b...

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