Where does ethical living begin? Is it the way we treat the environment, our fellow man and the creatures that share this Earth with us? Sure they are all vitally important and something that we all need to be conscious of and responsible for but there is something of far greater urgency closer to home that we sometimes get badly wrong. I am of course talking about parenting.
Good parenting and ethical living
Good parenting is the root of so much good. Strong family bonds are the cornerstone of so much that is right in so many societies. But when we get it wrong we seem to get it wrong in a big way which brings into question the very essence of our nature.
We are born with intrinsic child rearing skills honed by centuries of evolution. We instinctively know what to do when a child is crying and are able to identify what is needed to correct the problem. It’s in our very nature to care for and protect the young and whilst there will always be small numbers in any society who struggle more than most there is one white Elephant in the room that we have all ignored for too long. I am of course talking about childhood obesity.
The ethics of childhood obesity
From an ethical stand point this seems to me to be a great collective failing of many Western societies. The fact that 50% of all obese children remain obese into adulthood is a shocking statistic when you consider the health implications and mortality rates that come with this problem. And yet we continue to allow it to happen to the most vulnerable citizens in our society.
It is incumbent on all of us to get a grip on this issue before another generation suffers a premature death at the hands of this problem. That is why, in the following infographic, I have attempted to pull together disparate research on childhood toy options, how they have changed over recent decades and how the sedentary life that is now all pervasive needs to be addressed given the health implications listed at the bottom of the graphic.
Journal of the American Medical Association