Childhood Obesity Ethical Principles

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Ethical Principles on Childhood Obesity Grand Canyon University: Nurs 508- Ethics, Policy, and Finance in the Health Care System August 15, 2013 Aspects of Childhood Obesity Previously Addressed Childhood obesity is one of the most “serious public health challenges of the 21st century (World Health Organization [WHO], 2013). Childhood obesity is causing a wide range of health problems that were not previously seen until adulthood (American Heart Association [AHA], 2013). Children who are obese are more prone to greater health problems as adults including: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, high cholesterol, and cancer (Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2013). The increase in health problems in the young children,…show more content…
While the government works to form regulations to aid the vulnerable population, many people feel that this is an infringement upon their basic rights. Beneficence is the act of doing well for the sake of others; the state is doing exactly that because they are protecting populations from harming themselves and others as it pertains to obesity. The Stewardship Model is a model that allows people to maintain their autonomy while still aiding in efforts to decrease obesity. The Stewardship Model states that public health programs should “attempt to reduce risks for obesity that populations might impose on each other and reduce cause for obesity through legislation or regulation that creates environmental conditions that sustain good health (e.g. access to healthy food and opportunities to be physically active” (Kersh, Stroup, & Taylor, 2011, p.1). The Stewardship Model also focuses on helping children with disabilities and developing programs to assist the population with physical activity and healthy eating. This model stresses the importance of aiding the population and not coercing the…show more content…
These three policies when in effect together have a better outcome than alone, the three listed are: menu calorie labeling, soft drink tax, and interventions in schools. Menu calorie labeling has had a small impact on the choices people make for food, and seen more significant result was found from increasing taxes on sodas and cigarettes. The intervention the government has performed for schools is: limiting soft drink sales, providing healthy meals and providing opportunity for physical activity. These initiatives allow the population to make their own choices (autonomy) while still steering them in the right direction

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