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The Morality of Staying Healthy?
We got a provocative pitch from LOFoster two weeks ago about "the moral impetus to stay healthy and within the normal limits of weight," and it just caught my eye:
Never have I read or seen a discussion of our obligation to each other, to our economy, to the planet, and to our families, to maintain healthful habits. I observe so many who (and here I'm excluding people whose financial situation is so dire they are eating poorly as a matter of economics) eat gluttonously, over drink, over medicate and then become attached, for the remaining duration of their lives, to intense medical interventions from drugs to diagnostics to procedures.
Also -- when I see an extremely overweight child who cannot run or skip or clamber up a slide, I think "that's a form of child abuse" -- that kid's parents have sentenced him to a life in which he cannot partake of some of life's simplest joys and which is aligning him with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes....
You can read the rest here. What do you folks make of this? How far could a conversation about the morality of staying healthy go?
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