Baker College: Competition II
2 February 2012
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Body Mass Index (BMI) is formulated based on height and weight indicating whether an individual is in a healthy weight range or obese as stated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. So the question becomes, why is this cycle continuing and who should be held responsible. Should the government take a stand and intervene demonstrating that obesity in a child is neglect in the court of law as it is with a child who is malnourished. These questions are the base of an unfortunate growing debate. Therefore, although childhood obesity is becoming a stagnant issue in our society today, one cannot justify that the only solution is the government stepping in; changes at a microscope level will offer a better outcome.
The government is needed in order to establish necessary protocol and guidelines to regulate the welfare of a child. In November of 2011 a court decided to take an obese 200-pound child from his mother. According to ABC news, the department of Child and Family Services declared that he was a child of medical neglect and because of imminent health risks the issue had to be addressed. More so, the mother was given an opportunity to address the issue and although he did lose a few pounds she failed to get his weight in a healthy range. This cited case is a prime example that without the government interfering, the child’s health would only continue to get worse. Some may argue that taking a child out of his home and placing them into foster care is an extreme step in the wrong direction....