March 19, 2007

Blame game not useful

Not confirmed, but the Federal Government have possibly decided that childhood obesity, which, as we know, most often carries over into adulthood, along with a laundry list of chronic and life threatening and life shortening health problems, should be blamed on bad parenting, not the mechanisms of capitalism which freely allows every variety of unnecessary – and certainly not life sustaining – crap to be foisted on the public every minute of the day.

The $100 M program was aimed at pre-school children and was, therefore, primarily a preventative, or at least a “get in before it’s too late” idea.

While I agree that all parents ultimately need to be responsible for providing their children with behavioral boundaries that will establish good habits, in all regards, for whatever reasons, we have a generation of parents who appear to know nothing of nutrition and / or nothing of their role in raising in raising their own children. Why and how this could possibly have evolved is a question beyond my ken, but there it is, and there’s no hiding from it, because it’s out there for all of us to see.

A $100 million government plan to tackle childhood obesity may have been dumped because of a "blame the parents" mentality, a leading children's health expert says.

The Australian newspaper on Monday reported claims the budget Expenditure Review Committee, which is chaired by Treasurer Peter Costello, had adopted a "get tough approach" with Mr Abbott because they thought parents should take greater responsibility for their children's health.

"I'm concerned it's getting ditched for reasons that probably aren't based on good, sound health promotion policy,"

"That (comment) suggests the decision is based on ignorance and a very moralistic view of obesity treatment, rather than on practicalities and helping parents.

"It's blaming the victim, blaming the family rather than actually supporting them to make changes."

"It's getting in before some habits are so established you can't undo them,"

There were no government-funded treatment programs specifically for overweight or obese children.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Government is doing the right thing by spending a small amount, $3.6 M on expanding their Be Active, Eat Well program.

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