Childhood obesity and the question of parental liberty

Mianna Lotz*

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It has recently been widely proclaimed that there is currently an “epidemic” in obesity, at least in the developed world. In this paper I suggest that the epidemic in childhood obesity is especially troubling, morally speaking, and raises important philosophical and political questions about parental liberty and autonomy, as well as about the causing of harm and the role of the state in preventing harm. Yet the topic of childhood obesity has to date received no attention from applied ethicists or moral philosophers. What explains this moral reluctance, and can the apparent indifference be justified?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-303
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Philosophy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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