Yes, I can se the stigma thing--but if someone is obese, unless they hdd it really really well, it won't be news to friends and schoolmates. I don't know. I guess that if it was my kid I might resent the intrusion of the school authorities. But maybe not.
See, that is what it means to be a liberal--wishy washy!
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I think the issue here MacGiz is that it has a serious impact on the health system, especially as these kids grow into older adults… heart problems, higher rates of diabetes and cancer.. and lots of other issues… I don't think the schools are driving this… more likely the insurance and health industries..
I agree it IS intrusive… but not totally unwarranted. We can ignore the problem.. and people and our health system suffer later.
One would need to ask if this Budding Film Maker had framed her argument around the School System Having Warned Parents that their Child was in the Formative Stages of Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Cancer Early Enough To Head-Off These Out-Comes by making Small Changes (like turning off the TV or withholding their IceCream Money --- or Lobbying for HEALTHIER SCHOOL LUNCHES or A SCHOOL NUTRITIONAL COUNCILOR) if we'd be having this ridiculous conversation).
I think there may be a difference between pushing good health practices, and actually coming out to your house and weighing your kid every few days. I don't think there's anything really that wrong with assessing the kids health and health risks, and then informing the parents so they are aware and maybe cannot ignore the problem. I don't think they are telling the parent how much, or what to feed their kids. They're just pointing out the kid has a potential serious health issue. I don't see this as controlling; it would be controlling if they forced the issue or if they continually monitored the kid on a weekly monthly basis. But just pointing the problem out, I don't think it's controlling. That's just my opinion.
Think about this, the government did the same thing back in the 1960s and 70s with trying to push anti-smoking issues – for the same reasons. It was killing people and becoming a huge burden on the health care system. Through the FCC, they eliminated cigarette commercials on TV and eventually even in magazines. Did they actually tell people they couldn't smoke? No! but they sure pointed out the hazards of smoking and that changed a lot of people's habits. I see this as a similar response to a growing problem of obesity.
btw i guess you know this is just another "Flack-Attack"/Scatter-Gun Blast to tie together the Nevada Welfare King's "Taking Away Our FREEDOM" BS with the Affordable Care Act (since this is just one of the ways to HOLD DOWN The COST (as Promised) by Disease Prevention), and pull a Double Whammy on Obama for allowing Federal Troops to Fire On Women & Children (in Nevada) and BENGAZI.. ....since The HEALTHY CHILD INITIATIVE was initially proposed by Hilary Clinton.
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