If nutrition is the primary health concern for most parents, how

should we treat parents who are misguided? Children who are neglected

and not given enough food are cases of child abuse, and children can

be removed from homes and put into foster care. Should we also label

parents of extremely obese children as neglectful? Obesity in children

severely increases risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea,

depression, and other disorders that are not commonly associated with

childhood. Should the government have the right to intervene in cases

of extremely obese children? What are other types of measures, besides

placing a child in foster care, that the government should take?

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