Childhood Obesity: Physiological and Psychological Implications and Ethical Responsibilities
Author(s)Lewis, Connie S
Public Health and Community Nursing
Public Health Education and Promotion
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AbstractChildhood obesity continues to be a health concern in the United States with physiological and psychological consequences. Research conducted in schools may address the physiological effects and exacerbate negative psychological effects, including weight bias and stigmatization. In the home, children are dependent on parents/caregivers to provide a healthy diet and exhibit a healthy lifestyle.The ethical theory, ethics of care, emphasizes dependence and interdependence on others, and ethical and moral responsibilities in the parent/child relationship. The assurance of ethical considerations involving children in research and parental provision for healthy dietary provision is of utmost importance. Any action or inaction that results in harm for this vulnerable population, whether perpetrated by the parents or researchers, is concerning..