Puerto Rico Considers Fines for Parents of Obese Children
Lawmakers in Puerto Rico have proposed a controversial bill that would result in the parents of obese children being hit with fines of up to $800.
According to a report from Fox News Latino, the bill calls for education officials to identify obese children whose excess weight seems to arise from "neglect." The officials would then educate parents about obesity's negative effects on a child's growth and health.
If the situation continues for another six months, the parents could be assessed up to $500 in fines. Six months after that, if the problem persists, the parents could be fined an additional $800.
Proponents of the bill say it's "necessary for society," as nearly 30 percent of children in Puerto Rico are considered obese.
Opponents assert that it's difficult to link obesity in a child to neglect by parents, since there can be other causes, such as underlying medical issues and genetic factors.
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