Obesity is a worldwide issue. However it is not a government’s responsibility to control childhood obesity, because it is the families job to do so, people believe they have their own rights, and the governments’ strategies are not always effective.
It i not a government’s responsibility to control childhood obesity as it is the family’s responsibility to take care of their children. Almost 1/3 of the kids in America are overweight or obese, according to the Institute of Medicine. An expert said that food restriction is not good enough and that physical activity is crucial (USA Today, 2017). So not only is it the parents’ job to put healthy food on their plates, but to keep their kids in shape. They are in charge for enrolling them in sports, dance, etc. or letting their kids play outside. Being a parent means being responsible, and part of that responsibility should go into regulating their child’s health. It is the family’s job to control childhood obesity, not the government’s.
Another reason why it is not the government’s job to control childhood obesity is that people want freedom to buy whatever they want. For example, when Mayor Bloomberg (the Mayor of New York) tried to ban the Big Gulp from 7-Eleven, the law did not pass. People do not want to feel like the government is going against their free will, and as a result will not support their choices. Also, after 2017 when Obama was out of office, some Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch initiatives (such as more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and less calories and sodium) died because schools did not care about sustaining the program. It is unfortunate that people do not want to stop eating junk food, but it shows that they do not want the government controlling the market.
You could argue that taxes on sugary drinks reduce obesity, and studies have shown that soda sales have decreased (especially in South America, the drop ranging from 10-20%). However, it is not fully solving the problem. First, soda drinkers look for cheap sodas, buy in bulk and drink other sugary beverages. Second, the rich can still afford the junk food, and for the parents who buy quality, it does not necessarily mean that the kids will eat it. In addition some kids eat less junk food but thee quantity they consume causes them to become overweight. Overall, there are too many loopholes that a tax cannot change.
In conclusion, it is not a government’s responsibility to regulate childhood obesity because it is on the family, people do not support government decisions, and their method of taxing does not always work well. Childhood obesity is still a huge problem but it is not a government’s job to control it.