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Is giving Junk food to kids child abuse?

We live in a world where children obesity is growing in large numbers, and yet very few parents seem to be doing anything about it. One can argue that children can really not be to blame as these food choices and lifestyles are made for them from early ages. So my question is whether the habit of constantly getting children used to junk food should be deemed as child abuse or not and what do you think should be done about this.

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    Aug 5 2011: I starkly disagree with the notion that giving children junk food is child abuse. On the contrary, I believe that not giving children junk food is child abuse. Junk food is not likely to disappear in the near future, and not giving children basic exposure to what's out there is setting them up to be unprepared to make correct decisions. Nutritionists and medical experts for years have argued on the true harms and values of sugary and fatty foods but the one constant rule of thumb that has lasted is that BALANCE is the key to a healthy lifestyle. If kids are not exposed to the harmful, they will never learn to make conscious healthy, balanced eating choices. Eating one candy bar never killed anyone. Eating hundreds is the issue at hand.
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      Aug 5 2011: BALANCE Remember that for petty much everything and you'll do good by it.

      Though I would add to the conversation by saying that Junk food in small qualities, isn't bad for you at all (assuming it isn't loaded with something truly nasty like carcinogens, and well toxins).

      Though in my believe feeding your child only "junk food" and giving them no other options should be considered child abuse. As well as allowing your child to grow morbidly obese. (thyroid conditions and the like aside)

      Make you children get up and do something(your included in this as well if your inactive) My mother made me go out and be active, I might be over weight (or procrastination how I love you.) but I'm much better off for it!
      • Aug 8 2011: I think it is important to understand that it is not child abuse by the parents but rather child abuse by the junk food companies who market directly to these kids and design (yes, design) foods to be specifically addictive to those that eat them.

        This puts them in the same class as drug dealers. I would never blame a parent per se, unless then pushed the needle into their kids arm...

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