Should Parents Be Charged For Their Children's Obesity? | Diana Grycan

February 20, 2015 8:22 PM

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Should Parents Be Charged For Their Children's Obesity? | Diana Grycan

Last week, I did something for the first time (which is unusual for someone who has lived for seven decades). I called in to a talk radio show. I hadn't planned to do so, but I tuned in while in my car to an issue that made me react strongly. There was a judge on the show who was asking for opinions about charging parents if their children were deemed obese, and the parents did not correct their weight. This is what a Senator Rodriguez from Puerto Rico was suggesting should happen. Having been an educator for over 40 years, I know that punitive measures rarely work for children. As a mother and grandmother, I have found that punishing rarely accomplishes what we want. I believe that this is true for all people, young and old.

I agree that obesity is an important health issue for everyone. It is documented that heart disease, diabetes and other complications of obesity can affect lives greatly, but who is responsible for our children? I think parents and teachers are those with whom children spend most of their time, so l...

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