Is Poor Nutrition an Acceptable Form of Child Abuse

It was a beautiful sunrise that Sunday morning as I sat on the boat headed for Catalina Island.  We were only a few minutes from the shoreline when I noticed a young boy sitting a few rows ahead of me attempting to get the attention of his mother who appeared to be too engrossed with her cell phone to acknowledge him.  I felt my heart fill with compassion as I watched the boy squirm in his seat while he unsuccessfully attempted to get some reaction from his mother.  After a few more attempts the boy gave up and walked over to the side of the boat to peer off into the distance.  As he stood there I couldn't help but notice his extreme weight in proportion to his age and height.  As a Certified  Wellness and Nutrition Consultant I could easily see he was morbidly obese.  I found myself wondering if his mother was as negligent with his nutrition as she was with his need for attention.  Don't get me wrong, there are medical reasons, although rare, for some childhood obesity such as hormonal and or thyroid disease. However, 30% of children in the United States are considered overweight or obese due to over eating and little exercise.  I spent the next week haunted by the images of what his future held in store for him.  I knew from my studies that he was at high risk of developing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and possibly an early death. I asked myself... 

Is poor nutrition an acceptable form of child abuse?

Definition of Child Abuse:

Child abuse is any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm, or threat of harm to a child.
— Webster Disctionary

The purpose of this blog is not to judge or condemn but rather to raise the awareness of the long term effects of making good choices for our children that are "healthy" vs "easy".   I believe as a society we all want what is best for our children.  And what is best is giving them the opportunity to be all they were created to be  and help them live a long healthy life. 

Special Note:  As rich as our country is we fall short when it comes to providing adequate education and ample healthy food supply to those who need it most. It is hard to believe that in 2016 we still have communities without grocery stores or farmer's markets.  In some areas the only food option is junk good provided by the local beer and wine store.   

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