Addressing childhood obesity

August 8, 2011
by Esther Cepeda
Gannett (via Statesman Journal)

CHICAGO -- Finally, two experts had the courage to state the obvious: Parents who let their children become obese enough to suffer from serious medical complications are committing child abuse.

In their Journal of the American Medical Association commentary "State Intervention in Life-Threatening Childhood Obesity," Lindsey Murtagh, a lawyer and research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, and David S. Ludwig, a doctor for the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Children's Hospital in Boston, say that despite the well-established right of parents to raise their children as they choose, the state should step into family life in severe cases of life-threatening childhood obesity, just as it would in any other neglect or abuse situation.


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