Seeing fat kids really pisses me off, and it has nothing to do with the kids. I'm not talking about kids that haven't lost their baby fat yet. I'm talking about obese kids that need to stop eating so much. But I can’t be mad at them, because they don’t go grocery shopping, or cook their own meals. Nor can they be expected to know the risks of unhealthy eating. No, when I see fat kids, I shake my head in disgust at the parents.
By allowing a child to eat whatever they want and not exercise, the parents are subjecting them to teasing, reproach in the eyes of society, and most importantly, countless health risks (Diabetes, future heart disease, a life of obesity, etc.). By the time they get older and know enough to change, it could be too late. There are countless, well-documented, statistics that tell us fat kids turn into fat adults, get diabetes more often, and have more health problems in general throughout their lives. Subjecting them to those consequences is not fair and, in my opinion, should be considered neglect.
As a parent, it’s your responsibility to have the best interests of your child in mind at all times. If you make the conscious choice to be unhealthy, that’s on you. You know the benefits and risks, and can choose to ignore them if you want. But children don’t know enough to make that choice for themselves. For the same reason they cannot be held responsible for things in court, they cannot be held responsible for their health. That’s part of a parent’s job.
I know some people will make the point that healthy food can be more expensive, and thus harder to provide on a budget. That's true, but eating healthy for less isn't impossible; it just takes more effort. And of course there are certain exceptions in terms of health conditions that cause weight gain regardless of nutrition. But in all other cases, parents need to stop letting their kids run to the refrigerator whenever they feel like it, sit in front of the TV all day, and have access to an endless buffet of sweets, fast food, and sodas. My message to parents: Good for you if you want to be unhealthy, but desire better for your kids.