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Should governments be doing more to tackle the growing rate of obesity around the world or does the buck stop with parents?

From today all adverts for processed snacks and fast food in France will have to carry a health message encouraging people to stay healthy and take regular exercise.

The move affects advertisements on television, radio and billboards and the Internet for processed, sweetened or salted food and drinks. Advertisers who refuse to run the message face a fine of 1.5 percent of the cost of the ad.

Will these messages have an effect? What can be done to stop the rise in childhood obesity? Are parents doing enough to stop their child becoming overweight? Should your government be taking the issue more seriously?

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By deciding and chosing only to give your child what's good for him/her and denying him/her what's harmful in the long run, you are a much better parent than silly people who want their children to be happy in the short run and end up miserable later in life

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Hello!

We are a family living now in austria.my husband is an Igbo.We have two children.

2girls.i would like to go to nigeria already,but we are still saving money.can somebody give me advice of how to make things go faster so that i can see his family soon?

Thanks!

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This link is specially for those who think that "The West/whites are always right"

This is a poll on the Yahoo UK News pages concerning parents of obese kids. This is the Westerners take on this : http://post.euro.polls.yahoo.com/quiz/quizresults.php

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spare the cane nor the child. Every child is innocent whether right or wrong. It is the responsibility of the parents to put thinks right when getting bad

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woteva any1 says, it's the parents' fault. They shd teach their children the right things and the proper way to live. If the child does not live properly, the parents need to take responsibilty.

Many of such parents think that gicing their children chocolate and always never making the child unhappy is what it is to be a good and loving parent

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yeah they should be blamed if the kid depends on his parents for everything i.e h/she hasn't got no part time job but if the kids is getting paid elsewhere & buying junk with the money then i don't think the parent should be blamed

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Not just trying to be insensitive but yes some cases of obesity can be blamed on genes. However, more often that not, if we are to be true to ourselves, most cases are due to parents who cannot be bothered to make the effort to regulate their childrens eating habits.

Don't get me wrong, no one is perfect. Yes, we have broken rules at one time or the other but "accidentally going astray" once, twice, three or even four times will not make you obese. These problems come from years of negligence to a child's eating habits. Actually, in the UK some movements support that childhood obesity is a form of child abuse and suggest parents should be prosecuted. (See: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/cm060605/text/60605w0684.htm)

Now, you and I are Nigerians. We were probably brought up to learn that the standard diet routine consists of 3-square meals a day, we probably ate rice and stew at least 3 times a week, eba/pounded yam at least once a week. We probably bought oranges, agabalumo, bananas and groundnuts by the roadside as treats. In the West, some parents do not insist on a diet pattern. Once the kids cut their first set of teeth, they introduce them to McDonalds "Happy Meals" - processed fish fingers, processed chicken nuggets and processed chips for meals. No fruit, no veg! I used to work in McDonald's and I can boldly say there were a few families that came everyday for lunch, straight after school. Same order everyday. Some of these parents are too lazy to prepare food, too busy to monitor their childrens diets or too young to understand!

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so you telling me all those children including me and you who have been trained in our formative years to say NO to things like sex before marriage, drugs , drink etc have never broken one of such rules or training ? get real parents can do the best they can , even some people who were brought up Bishops or the most morally upright parents still do things once the strings have been cut off or even before. have you not heard of some of these muslim girls who in London cover themselves with hijab from home and when they get to school they do all sorts? well if you havent i have . It is not 100% the parents fault, especailly when there is a biological problem with the child.

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Please let's not be insensitive. Obesity has a genetic component. I thin person is not necessarily better trained.

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If a 17/18-year-old-living-at-home is addicted to shoving food down their throat at will, then it's either that he hasn't been trained properly in the act of accepting "NO" as an answer OR they have been neglected by their parents. Especially in the formative years, children should be trained to understand that they cannot always get everything that they crave. Even food (within reason of course)

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i disagree

so if the child of 17 or 18 living at home, does not pay rent, water etc eats to oblivion and gets too fat that they need a crane to move him, it's his parent's fault?we know they eat stuff outside the house do you think they should be tagged by the parents? how can the parent be accountable for what a young adult shoved in his or her mouth? that is not being real at all

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I think as long as the child does not contribute towards rent, water, electricity or food, they are their parents responsibility and therefore, the parents should be held accountable for everything concerning the child. Including their weight.

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Sometimes yes, blame the parents, because they are in control of what gets eaten in their house. Now What the kids shove into their mouths in school or while out playing is another matter. I do think that if you teach them how to eat healthily, then it stays with them.

We can not blame some parents with children who have chemical in-balances in their brains, some kids have conditions that make them over eat, or just not burn off fat. Can not blame the parents here.(govt should assist parents here)

I say if a kid is obese at the age of 7 or 8 without any medical abnormality, then the parents need sorting out, that is just ridiculous.

Those above the age of 14 will go eat all the fries burgers, chocolate, etc just like their Friends are doing and this we can't blame on the parents.

I do not agree with govt telling us what to eat by forcing a change in our shopping habits, i do not because of principle. People have a choice.

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