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Should Parents Be Fined for Their Obese Kids?

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If you have an obese child, imagine getting fined -- for up to $800!

This is what lawmakers are working on in Puerto Rico, where over 28 percent of kids are obese (versus 18 percent in the U.S.), reports The Guardian.

A new bill has been proposed that will allow teachers to notify school counselors about obese children. The counselors will then work with the children's parents to identify the cause of obesity and then implement a healthy eating/weight loss plan.

Over the course of six months, counselors will monitor the family and gauge improvement. If there are no significant signs of improvement, parents will need to pay a fine between $500 and $800.

Now, even a charity in Britain has jumped into the conversation, and advocating that the same bill be proposed to fine British parents. According to Newsweek, over 33 percent of the kids in Britain are obese before they leave primary school.

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as excess body fat, which can lead to an increased risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain cancers.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

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