Should Kids Be Forced To Eat Healthy? The Dilemma! Facts for Kids
Eating healthily is really important, but should people be forced to eat healthily? Bene and Mal are looking at the pros and cons in their series Demanding Dilemmas!
Healthy Food – Quick Background
You probably know that some foods like fruit and vegetables are good for you and some food – like chocolate and chips are well, less good.
So the question is – should the government encourage – or even MAKE kids eat more healthily?
Our bodies do belong to us and perhaps, if you want to eat nothing but sticky buns for a year and grow to the size of a whale – that’s no one’s business but your own. The government shouldn’t be allowed to stick its nose into someone’s sticky bun situation!
But what if it affects others? Like if you had a terrible contagious lurgy, they could insist that you stay in a hospital because otherwise you might make other people ill.
And you might not think that being overweight hurts anyone else, but if you get poorly (which is more likely since being overweight can cause some serious illnesses) the government has to spend a lot of everyone’s money looking after you and making you better.
Is that fair when other people, who’ve looked after themselves might have to go without help as a result?
You might point out though that if we go down this route of deciding who “deserves” help, then things get very complicated.
What about it you got hit by a car because you didn’t look both ways before you crossed the road? It’d be very harsh if they say “well you’ve been told enough times so sorry mate we’re not gonna fix you up!”
Maybe the solution is to make it really easy for everyone to make healthy choices, like making sure school dinners are healthy, educating people about food and having lots of places like swimming pools and parks to get some exercise!
What do you think? Let us know in the comment box below!
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Benny and Mal’s Demanding Dilemmas, with support from Nuffield Council on Bioethics. More details at www.nuffieldbioethics.org