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Objects in Mirror: July 24, 2009 Archive

Today's Question: Child obesity

Posted at 11:36 AM on July 24, 2009 by Julia Schrenkler

Depending on your perspective Today's Question on MPR NewsQ is about health, responsibility, or parental rights. Maybe for you it is a combination of all three: Should parents be held legally responsible when their kids are severely overweight?

kennedy wrote,

"There is no question that parent's are responsible for the well-being of their children. There is a question as to if/when it is appropriate for the government to get involved.

There is no test or measurement used to give or deny the right to have children. As a result there are a wide variety of home environments that children are being raised in. When I see an unhealthy situation, I feel pity for the child(ren) and disapproval for the parent(s). However, we do not have the right as a society to intervene merely to assuage our own negative feelings."

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