Puerto Ricans have serious obesity problem among children. The obesity rate there in youngsters is higher than US mainland. To address this issue, the legislators in Puerto Rico analyze a debatable bill that proposes taxing parents of obese kids.
The legal draft which was backed by Sen. Gilberto Rodríguez and submitted to the region’s senate on Monday seeks to finer folks of hefty kids and may even charge them with abuse in the event that the physical state of their youngsters does not improve.
According to the bill’s text schools will have the responsibility of identifying obese kids and report them to health department experts to figure out the reason for their condition and also come up with and prescribe an eating regimen and physical activity plan. The youngster will be checked at regular four weeks intervals.
On the off chance that the kid’s condition does not improve following six months, the folks can be fined $500. The tax can likewise increase to as much as $800 if the third report taken after additional six months shows that the youngster still has not managed to lose a significant number of pounds.
The controversial legal proposal comes as a reaction to the generally high weight rate in Puerto Rico. Around 30 percent of the youngsters on the island are suffering from obesity. The rate in mainland U.S. is 18 percent.
Interestingly, numerous wellbeing specialists are against the legislation which is scheduled to be debated in an open hearing on Feb. 13.
Nutritionist Milly García criticized the bill as follows:
“This is not abuse. It’s a disease. It would mean entering into a private area where the government does not belong. Obesity is the result of many factors and what we need to do is find solutions.”
Nikhil Dhurandhar, from Texas Tech University’s branch of nutritional sciences contends that the bill assumes hefty individuals can choose not to be weighty but this isn’t generally the case.
Dhurandhar’s studies show that condition can be ascribed to many variables like the conditions in the mother’s uterus, chemicals in the environment and having either a lot of or too little rest. He likewise noted that eating less and physical activities are not the only factors involved in shedding pounds.
Other health specialists are worried that the bill will create confusion due to the fact that for some youngsters obesity can hereditary or caused by other health problems.
Rebecca Puhl, at the University of Connecticut further noted that approaches that would help folks with obese youngsters are more useful instead of punishing the parents in tax money.
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