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Who Is Responsible for the Welfare of Children?

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Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great week! Today I would like to write about a few issues currently being discussed in my country. I would like to pose a question for you the reader to consider while reading. Whose responsibility is public health, especially in relation to children? In one of my classes we discussed the obesity epidemic among children in my country. We took a look at all of the different effect of it on the children as well as whose job we believe it is to ensure the health of the youth. That discussion sparked another discussion about parental rights. While I am aware of the commonly held opinions on issues such as parental rights and freedom of choice in healthcare and nutrition for the children in my own country I am interested in hearing the perspectives of others! I encourage you to share your thoughts on the topic; I would love to hear what you think.


In our text we learned that if childhood obesity is not defeated before the 6th grade it is extremely unlikely it will ever be defeated by the child.  Some of the causes for this issue include poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity. For the purposes of writing about parental rights I will only be addressing the poor eating habits. I am unaware of the situation in other countries but here in the United States it seems that unhealthy food choices are more affordable than their healthy counterparts. This is backed up by the observations made by my classmates as well as myself that many obese people also live in poverty. I suggested that it in the best interest of the state to subside healthier food choices, or at least choices meant for the consumption of children. I hold the opinion that over a generation the savings on healthcare and disability expenses accrued by the state would be greater than what it would cost to offer healthy, affordable choices to its citizens.


If the situation does not improve after this or other less direct intervention I believe that it is the responsibility of the state to be directly involved in the family life. This is what led to the discussion about parental right, where they begin and end. Child neglect of any kind, especially in relation to healthcare and nutrition, is more than a sufficient reason to suspend if not revoke not only the rights of parents to their children but in some cases their right to procreate. This is an unpopular opinion, at least in my area of the country. To suggest that the state should get involved in the personal lives of people, especially children, in anything but life or death situations seems to be taboo here. I believe that the will and desires of the parents need to appear as nothing when taking the health and well-being of the children into consideration.

Although I briefly expressed my feelings on the importance of children I feel like I should devote at least a small paragraph to express myself a bit better. The children are the future of the state as well as some of the most vulnerable of our citizens, they need, and in my opinion, deserve the full attention of the state. I think that the health of the children is should be held up high in our priorities. They are essential to our future and should be treated as not only and investment but also a valuable resource. Any mistreatment of the children is tantamount to treason in my eyes. 

While I think it is a bit harder to make a decision when it comes to nutritional neglect I believe that health care is quite a bit simpler to observe. In my own country there is a movement of people refusing to vaccinate children; this has led to outbreaks of illnesses that were once thought eradicated. While this may sound terrible by itself it is actually much worse, because of the choices that were made by some parents many other uninvolved children were also put at risk. Putting the public in danger to such a degree is unacceptable and should be treated harshly. While it does not have as far reaching an impact as the refusal of vaccinations there is also an issue of parents refusing healthcare on behalf of their children based on religious or cultural grounds. In some cases this has led to the deaths of children.

In conclusion I would like to say that I believe the state must act on half of the welfare of its people regardless of the understanding, approval, or disapproval of the parents. The fact of the matter is we are all human and none of us have every single answer, therefore the idea that parents know what is best for their children in all aspects must be treated as the fallacy that it is. believe that I have thoroughly shared my opinions on the question "[w]hose responsibility is public health, especially in relation to children?" Now I would like to ask, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with what I have written entirely or just in part? I am very interested in hearing the perspectives of others and I look forward to reading what you have to say! 

Have a great Thursday!

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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