Obesity is a growing problem in our society. More and more people are becoming obese, and a huge amount of children are overweight. We need to do something about it. We need to raise awareness and start programs to combat this epidemic. Otherwise we will be left with the horrible health effects and the problems they will cause later on.
The main trouble with childhood obesity is parenting styles. While parents should be allowed to feed their children what they want, more emphasis needs to be put on health and nutrition. The best way to do this is for children to be given the opportunity for healthier foods. Prices of fruits and vegetables need to be lowered. Healthy food needs to be easier to obtain, and for the love of god stop shoving sugary snacks in kids faces during every 20 minute commercial break! In the end it is up to the parents to not take the easy way out.
Yes, childhood obesity is a serious problem that will not go away without some sort of intervention. One of the main reasons for childhood obesity, in my opinion, is the fact that healthy food is more difficult and expensive to obtain. In today's economy, parents have little time to cook, and food has become expensive. The most affordable foods are also the most expensive and high-calorie. The food industry needs to do more to fill the need for healthier food, rather than focusing so much on marketing unhealthy food that just tastes better. If it's possible, it would be great if there were some kind of financial incentive, maybe by the government, to make it easier to afford food only if it's healthy. For instance, if people who have to use food stamps could receive a discount on certain foods that are healthier, or if there were some kind of voucher program for the general public.
If it happens to be caused by some sort of disease, then, yes, public measures should be taken to raise the awareness of said disease. However, most instances of obesity are the own person's fault. It isn't our business to take public measures against that person's eating and personal habits - it's their own.