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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 17 2011: This is a wonderful topic, Tsepang.

    I am a resident of Michigan, one of the United States' most obese states. Many of my fellow peers that I've gone to school with are obese or have other health problems that can be associated with their diet. This is because of the food that is provided for them is unhealthy.
    It all goes back to funding and government subsidies. Many soda pop companies and chip companies have deals with the school districts that provide lunch for our young children. Frito Lay and Pepsi companies are actually subsidized, meaning that they are given money to make more of their product. My old high school actually has a contract with Pepsi, stating that the only beverages that can be sold by the school can only be Pepsi products. This is an outrage. These contracts and subsidies make the product cheaper to buy.
    With that, Frito corn chips are cheaper than apples or asparagus. Soda pop is cheaper than milk. Any family stricken by poverty really has no choice but to buy what is affordable to them, in this case, the unhealthier foods. I grew up in an inner city district, a lot of my fellow peers grocery shop at the Dollar General Store; their supper consisting of Faygo brand grape soda and Doritos.
    Back to your main question. Is this abuse? I would definitely have to say no. However, I would greatly consider it to be neglect. Abuse is on a far greater level. Somebody has the choice to abuse or not ie: physical or verbal abuse. But when ones financial abilities are cut short from poverty, they really have no choice but to provide the unhealthy and more affordable food for themselves and their children.

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