Puerto Rico Debates Fining Parents of Obese Children

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Parents of obese children in Puerto Rico would be fined up to $800 if they fail to improve their child's health, under a new proposed bill in the U.S. territory's legislature, NBC News reported. "That child is a health issue and can become an economic burden because he/she could develop heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses," Sen. Jose Luis Dalmau said to El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico's largest newspaper. If the measure is approved, public school teachers could report potential obesity cases to social workers and counselors. The Health Department will then get in contact with the parents and recommend a six month diet-and-exercise program. If there’s no improvement, the parents will be fined. The public hearings of the bill are scheduled to begin on Friday.

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