Children with special health care needs (SHCN) account for part of the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity in the general population and can face an elevated risk for obesity.
The federal government, in partnership with states, has assumed the role of steward for this vulnerable population and supports a network of services designed to promote their health through increased access to quality health services. Addressing obesity-related health risks among children with SHCN requires policies that support family–and community-based initiatives in addition to health services.
In this article, the authors discuss the ethics of child obesity policy from the perspective of children with SHCN and their families, and identify salient issues to optimize benefits for children and families. They refer to the dilemma of difference to identify policy concerns that are specific to children with SHCN and ethically may require different approaches. Determining the appropriate mix of inclusive and special obesity prevention initiatives for children with SHCN and identifying approaches to ensure their full participation in community-based obesity prevention activities present challenges. Children with SHCN from low-income and minority communities are particularly vulnerable and warrant special attention.
This article highlights ideas generated and conclusions reached at the Symposium on Ethical Issues in Interventions for Childhood Obesity, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Data for Solutions, Inc.
- 1 Protecting Children from Harmful Food Marketing
- 2 Childhood Obesity
- 3 Children with Special Health Care Needs
- 4 Public Policy Versus Individual Rights in Childhood Obesity Interventions
- 5 A Question of Competing Rights, Priorities, and Principles
- 6 The Ethical Basis for Promoting Nutritional Health in Public Schools in the United States
- 7 Ethical Family Interventions for Childhood Obesity
- 8 Public Policy Versus Individual Rights and Responsibility
- 9 State Requirements and Recommendations for School-Based Screenings for Body Mass Index or Body Composition, 2010
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