Kudos to Dr. John McDougall for formally reporting to the State of Florida about our largest source of child abuse: Food. Today, for the first time since the Civil War, our children have a shorter life expectancy than my generation due to the preventable disease of childhood obesity. I am with Dr. McDougall in thinking that this is criminal that we allow this in the United States. Putting an end to childhood obesity should be something that every American cares about. We simply cannot afford the healthcare costs of the diseases that are resulting from our children who are fat. At Slender For Life™ hypnosis weight loss clients learn tools that can be taught to small children to help change unhealthy food behaviors for healthy food choices.
Dr. John McDougall’s Formal Report to the State of Florida about Our Largest Source of Child Abuse: Food
On Friday, April 27, 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 1355 that establishes stricter criminal penalties for individuals who fail to report known or suspected child abuse; and especially involving victims of sexual abuse. Children are among the most defense-less victims of crime.
I (John McDougall, MD) am a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of Florida (FL license #: ME 79850). In Florida, medical doctors are one of over 40 professionals who are identified as mandated reporters of child abuse. (Teachers, school professionals, counselors, nurses, doctors, dietitians, and mental health professionals are among those required to report child abuse in Florida, California, and many other states.)
In compliance with Florida state law, I am filing this report about widespread child abuse caused by various food industries working directly with branches of US government. These food organizations are actively involved in acts of commission and omission that result in harm, potential for harm, and/or the threat of harm to children. The health consequences of their various business activities amount to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children.
Epidemic obesity and sickness are often unseen because they are so common. These are “normal” conditions and the perpetrators include the “nicest people.” Teachers, bankers, ministers, doctors, and police feed the Western diet to their children thinking that the meat and cheese are good for their muscles and bones, and the junk is inconsequential. Ignorance of the cause does not diminish the suffering. If this kind of pain resulted from a large man swinging a wooden stick at a small child, then the perpetrator would be locked up in jail.
We live in a so-called “free society.” Terms such as “free speech,” “free enterprise,” and “free trade” are used to justify business behaviors that harm the weak and disadvantaged in our society. Under these rules the dairy industries’ right to advertise the purported benefits of calcium in their products, while hiding the seriousness of the artery-clogging fats, outweighs the rights of children to basic good health.
Civilized people, however, protect their children. Only after the age of consent (18 to 21 years) do adults have the right to drink and smoke themselves sick. The spigot of disease from the food industries could be turned off in the same ways our society legally limits the access to alcohol and tobacco to under-age children. However, ID is unlikely to be required for the purchase of a slice of pepperoni pizza and Dr. Pepper in the near future.
Weight loss for children must be a family affair. Families cannot support overweight and obese children with weight loss if the cupboards are filled with junk food. Parents cannot help their kids to lose weight when they feed them at McDonald’s. Parents themselves must get off the couch and be physically active and eat healthy foods.
Hypnosis for weight loss can help parents and their children to make dramatic lifestyle changes. Even if your kids have lived their life on junk food, then can change to an active life and discover that they actually like plant-based food.
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