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I tend not to like other people's children, and perhaps that leads me to be a bit unsympathetic towards the difficulties of parenting. But, I also work at a place where I deal with a lot of parents and I often see morbidly obese kids munching on a bag of Doritos or clearly asthmatic kids whose parents reek of cigarette smoke. These parents, whether through ignorance or indifference, are [hyperbole]just as negligent as the sorts of parents who lost their kids to CSB.[/hyperbole]
While I'm a bit hesitant to demand federal parental regulations, both asthma and childhood obesity A) usually have preventable environmental causes and B) lead to lifelong health problems. Given that, and some studies that point to childhood obesity lowering IQ scores, wouldn't the government be obligated to step in and protect these kids? Perhaps mandatory dietary and smoking cessation classes and, as a last resort, home inspections of parents who can't or won't comply with rules designed to prevent them from fucking up their children's lives.
Obviously asthma and obesity can have causes other than environmental, but, (I'm not sure about asthma) aside from diet and lack of excersize, other causes of obesity are pretty rare.